Santo Domingo Savio Kindergarten / Plan B arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B arquitectos
Location: Medellín,
Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
Work Team: Juan Pablo Giraldo, Juan Camilo Ramirez, Miguel Martos, Carlos Blanco
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Courtesy of Plan B arquitectos

V4 house / Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto

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Architects: Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto
Location: são paulo . sp .
Architect In Charge: Diana Radomysler, Fabiana Cyon, Fernando Falcon, Oswaldo Pessano
Project Manager: Nelson Batista
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Co Architect : Renata Furlanetto
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

The World’s Most Epic Material Library

Keeping the material library organized is a difficult task for many architects, let alone keeping it up-to-date with the latest, most innovative materials. Well, today we stumbled on this video, by The Economist, that highlights Andrew Dent, vice-president of Material ConneXion, and his thoughts on the evolution of material science. has created the world’s largest resource for advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes. Their online archive and material libraries, based in seven cities world-wide, feature over 6,500 of the world’s most cutting-edge materials that are all commercially available for use.

Andrew Dent believes Material ConneXion will help bridge the gap between science and design as we move from the “synthetic century” into a “biological century”, where intelligent, nature-inspired materials consume less resources and less energy.

Video: The Story of Lego®

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As we reported yesterday, the LEGO Group, the company responsible for everyone’s favorite bricks, just turned 80.  We’ve often talked about ’s major impact on young architects’ development, but few are aware of architecture’s influence on LEGO… so we thought we’d keep the LEGO celebrations going by sharing this cute (if unabashedly cheesy) video on the birth of LEGO.

If the intro about wooden toys doesn’t tickle your fancy, get right to the plastic bricks by skipping forward to 08:20.

Story via LEGO.com

Fachada Liverpool / Iñaki Echeverria

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Architects: Iñaki Echeverria
Location: , Tabasco,
Design Team : Iñaki Echeverria, Iván Parra, Josué Lee, Osvaldo Estrada, Jonathan Hajar, Javier Marroquín, Roberto Fuerte, Guillermo López, Jorge Durán, Daniela González, Leonel Alcántara, Fredy E. Lamadrid, Rafael Brioso, Israel Meneses, Fernanda Téllez, Xochitl Zúñiga, Víctor García
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Jaime Navarro, Luis Gordoa, Ivan Parra

Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning

Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and interiors that support progressive models of acquiring knowledge. New interpretations of kindergartens, schools, universities, and libraries are featured along with architecturally innovative offices and conference rooms. These examples are rounded out by more experimental projects that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium.

Proposed Demolition of Josep Lluis Sert’s King School Cambridge

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At a time when sustainability is high on the agenda and construction costs continue to soar, many residents are questioning a proposal to demolish a sound and respected school building to replace it with a new school one that will strive to be a “green facility”. The Martin Luther King Elementary School (1968-1971) was designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert (Sert, Jackson and Associate). As it stands today, the school compliments the many other buildings in Cambridge that Sert worked on while also teaching at Harvard University, including the Peabody Terrace Graduate Housing complex just across the street.

Read on to find out what the community is doing to save the building from demolition and why it can prove to be a more sustainable option for the city.

Power Street / Steve Domoney Architecture

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Architects: Steve Domoney
Location: Hawthorn, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Steve Domoney
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Alfred Hitchcock. Photo via Wikimedia CC User El Matador.
Alfred Hitchcock. Photo via Wikimedia CC User El Matador.

Happy 113th Birthday Alfred Hitchcock, Master Architect of Suspense

Alred Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980), who would have turned 113 today, is often known as the “Master of Suspense.” But we here at ArchDaily would like to tweak that moniker slightly, to the Master Architect …of

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: British Pavilion presents “Venice Takeaway”

Moscow, drawing by Gibb, 2012 / Anna Gibb – Courtesy of the British Council

Although the has not shortage of architectural talent,Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture responds to David Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme for the 2012 Venice Biennale by seeking out imaginative responses to universal issues worldwide in an ambitious global research project. The British Council sent ten architectural teams around the world to research inspiring places and subjects that could generate discussion on what is great architecture while injecting new ideas into the UK. The Venice Takeaway exhibition charts the course of these teams and shares the ideas they discovered throughout Argentina, , China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Giffin Square, Lewisham, ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Robert Greshoff

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition Entry / Hans Hollein & Partner

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Designed by Hans Hollein & Partner, the Stock Exchange aims to become a civic symbol that not only accommodates the stock exchange functions but also repents the practice in its entirety. As an architectural intervention, The buildings’ architectural nature allows it to become an identifiable structure within the urban fabric. The rectangular form of the office tower follows the homogenous surroundings, but the TSE´s façade is an innovative merger of two building envelope typologies and a strong contrast to any building in the vicinity: The window wall and the ceramic brick façade. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pinewood of Marina / Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning

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Architects: Massimo Fiorido Associati + sundaymorning
Location: Marina di Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Fabio Candido

Klaksvik City Center / LCLAOFFICE + Lateral Office

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Last week, we shared LCLAOFFICEs conceptual proposal for the Kiev Islands, a proposal which connected the urban with the natural through an activated network of activities.  In their shortlisted entry for the , the firm teamed with Lateral Office to relink the city of Klaksvik with both of its bays.  Such a move allows the urban development, which has historically happened along the length of the bay, and the civic and public institutions, which have been concentrated in an urban corridor, to connect people with the water.

More after the break.

HouseM / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: , Japan
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Contractor: Ikeda Komuten
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hironori Tomino

National Mall Design Winning Proposal / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + Davis Brody Bond

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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Davis Brody Bond were recently announced as the winners of the National Mall competition for Union Square. As the country’s most visit park, attracting more than 25 million visitors annually, Union Square is the site of major historic events from presidential inaugurations to public gatherings and demonstrations. Located at the base of the Capitol, they were judged on the flexibility, sustainability, and creativity of their design and how well it reflects the established vision and design influences of this historic setting. More architects’ description after the break.

Drautalperle / MHM architects

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Architects: MHM architects
Location: Spittal an der Drau,
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 7,500 sqm
Photographs: Paul Ott

Tehran Stock Exchange Competition, 1st Prize: Alejandro Aravena Architects & VAV Studio

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During the last few years the world has witnessed dramatic changes. Our world is no longer rural, economic models are struggling, and the centres of innovation and political power have shifted.

It is this context that explains why the recently held competition for the new Stock Exchange is relevant beyond the building. The Physical Development Research Center organized a competition between 29 top architecture firms, later narrowed down to eight after a RFQ process, who each worked with a local Iranian firm. In a country experiencing a very unique economic moment, the brief of the competition aimed to challenge the typology of the stock exchange in general, as well as factors that could alter this type to address cultural factors specific to its location. Thus, the firms were asked to look at how this program has developed throughout history while also undertaking a thorough analysis of the specifities of this project.

The jury was composed by local architects Mehdi Alizadeh, Farhad Ahmadi, Bahram Shirdel, Hossein Sheikh–Zeineddin and Nader Tehrani (MIT Head of Architecture, principal at NADAAA) as spokesperson.

Alejandro Aravena (founder of Alejandro Aravena Architects, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL) together with local office VAV Studio were selected as the winners for their artful, considered, and minimal, project; of the various proposals, it was the only project which took into consideration functions and forces, geometry and geography, and an organization that distributed its program in a field condition, evenly spreading its function to best capture, light, views, cross ventilation, as well as shade. In turn, it produces a timeless (yet fast-paced) character of the stock exchange as an institution, a building that extends broader traditions while mirroring the current state of its country.

Aravena’s entry stood out from the rest as it was conceptually distinct, aligned with the brief of the competition. Other highlights of this entry are its geometry, structural base, sensitivity to climate, and relation to its mountainous landscape, which are explained further in the architect’s description below:

A monolithic figure at a first glance, the building achieves a particular transparency thanks to the hollow blocks used on its skin, turning into a lamp that is transparent to the public.

The decision of the jury, while unanimous, is only a recommendation to the client, so we will keep you informed as the project moves forward.

Read the complete architect’s description, with renders and drawings, after the break: