C&E House / Equipo Olivares Arquitectos

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Architects: Equipo Olivares Arquitectos
Location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands,
Team: Javier Pérez-Alcalde Schwartz
Photographs: Lluís Casals

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Aviary, Bioparque Temaikén / Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos

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Architects: Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos
Location: Escobar, Provincia of Buenos Aires,
Architects In Charge: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira
Associated Architect: Cristian Carnicer
Team: Roberto Lombardi, María Eugenia García Castera, María Eugenia Viña Raznovich, Juan Reartes, Ignacio Ruiz Orrico, Diego Tablada, Emilia Alvarado, Anahi Fedrizzi
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira, Fernando Mayán, Fundación Temaikén

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Matthew Marks Gallery / ZELLNERPLUS

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Location: West Hollywood, California,
Project Team: Ariel Claudet, Ingrid Dennert, Kurt V. Franz, Nathan Moore, Darin Vieria, Seth Weiner, Peter Zellner
Area: 3,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Joshua White

KCH / Kochi Architect’s Studio

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Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio
Location: Toshima-ku, ,
Architect In Charge: Kazuyasu Kochi
Constractor: Sugimoto Kogyo co, ltd.
Area: 64.6 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Kazuyasu Kochi

Courtesy of the Museum of Finnish Architecture
Courtesy of the Museum of Finnish Architecture

UNBUILT HELSINKI at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

Opening at 6:00pm tomorrow at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, UNBUILT HELSINKI is an exhibition about the Unbuilt City and its inhabitants as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program. Drawn from the museum’s archive and beyond, unrealized…

Colonial Viladoms Houses / OAB

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Architects: OAB  - Office of Architecture in Barcelona
Location: ,
Design Team: Carlos Ferrater, Nuria Ayala
Technical Architect: Alexandre Pararols
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alejo Bague

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EINS House / Óscar Pedrós

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Architects: Óscar Pedrós
Location: O Valiño, Oleiros. A Coruña.
Year: 2009
Photography: Héctor Santos-Diez

9 Gathered Huts / NKS Architects

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Architects: NKS Architects
Location: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
Architect In Charge: Noriko + Kaoru Suehiro
Structure: RC+S, 1 story
Area: 293.87 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Kouji Okamoto

Nosara Recycling Plant / sLAB


Visit the Kickstarter Campaign here.


A small group of students and architect Tobias Holler of sLAB Costa Rica at the New York Institute of Technology, have teamed up to design and build a communal for Nosara, Costa Rica – a city that is facing grave problems with sanitation and illegal dumping of garbage on beaches and in wildlife areas. Construction started last summer after a Kickstarter campaign that raised $15,000 helped provide expenses and costs associated with housing the students that assisted with the construction. A relaunch of the Kickstarter campaign will provide the project with additional funds to bring the students back to accelerate the pace of construction. The funds also support the documentary by Ayana de Vos, whose film follows the progress of the project and features waste management and sustainability in Costa Rica.

Join us after the break for more.

Chop Stick / Visiondivision

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Here’s a whole new definition of the phrase “Tree House.”

Visiondivision‘s concession stand for 100 Acres, an Art & Nature Park in , is made entirely from one 100-ft yellow poplar tree. Not only does the trunk form the horizontal beam of the structure, but literally nothing of the tree was left to waste: bark became shingles; extracted pieces of wood became structural support, chairs and tables, swings; even the bark’s syrup was extracted to be sold in the kiosk itself.

The architects who refined this tree into a building were inspired by an ethos of “gentleness” with nature. As they share in their architects’ brief: “Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way—respectful to both the source itself and to everyone visiting the building.”

A video, images, and the architects’ brief, after the break…

Usagui Teahouse / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

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Architects: Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio
Location: Gracia Barcelona
Basic Design: Maarten Neering
Lighting Design: Toru Takamiya
Year: 2012
Photographs: Daisuke Nakashima

Tumbaco Cabins / Diez + Muller Arquitectos

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Architects: Diez + Muller Arquitectos
Location: , Ecuador
Team: Felipe Muller, Gonzalo Diez, Álvaro Borrero
Construction: Hernán Miño
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Crespo, Courtesy of Felipe Muller

VIDEO: Highlights from Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012

If you missed Design Like You Give A Dam: LIVE!  - the event of panel discussions and workshops at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco - you must check out this short video.

The event brought together people from all walks of life from all corners of the globe, united by one simple idea: can better human life.

As ArchforHumanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair explained of the event: “We had architects from Medellin, Colombia talk about how to prevent violence through architecture. We had thoughtful leaders who have come from small towns in the Midwest that were devastated by tornadoes that galvanized their community and rebuilt them. We had lawyers that talked about how to create a better justice system – really looking at the human experience within the built environment. [...] The thing about this conference is that we don’t just show you ideas, we show you how those ideas get built.”

Check out videos of the Conference’s Panel Discussions, after the break…

Reconstruction of an Old Rural Mansion / Josep Lluís Mateo

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Architects: Josep Lluís Mateo
Location: Vall de Vianya, Catalonia,
Collaborators: Dot Arquitectes - Bet Capdeferro, Ramón Bosch
Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Critics: Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Bubble” Should Be Burst

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro‘s ‘Bubble’ project (featured here) has recently come under fire by critics for its “ballooning” cost. Meant to be a seasonally inflated, temporary structure at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC., the Bubble’s original price-tag ($5 million) has now inflated to $15.5 million. The federally-funded price tag would be less relevant if the project were universally accepted, but many feel that the “Bubble” represents a misguided attempt to get into the spectacle game.

More information after the break. 

House H / mattch

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Architects: mattch
Location: Tenpaku-ku ,Aichi-Ken,  Japan
Area: 115.95 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: nacasa&partners

Courtesy of Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects
Courtesy of Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

Swiss Embassy Competition Entry / Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects

Located in the Seodaemu-gu district of Seoul, the Swiss Embassy proposal by Personeni Raffaele Schärer Architects… stands as a pavilion sitting on four mushroom columns. Reaching the maximum authorized height, the project becomes part of the makeover that the neighborhood

City Protocol to Set Standards for Smart Cities

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Similar to what LEED did for buildings, City Protocol promises to do for cities. The first certification system for smart cities, due to come out in April 2013,  is being developed with the guidance of over 30 organizations. It will provide a framework for designing sustainable systems in a model that integrates the vast number of elements that contribute to urban development. This global thinking expands upon the goals of the LEED certification system, which provides a more isolated, building specific agenda for architects.

More about the City Protocal Certification Program after the break.