Fumihiko Maki to design Cultural Center and University in London

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Japanese modernist Fumihiko Maki has been chosen to design a cultural and university complex on a 67-acre Kings Cross development in . As reported by the Evening Standard, the 84-year-old, Pritzker Prize-winning architect will design two buildings for the Aga Khan Development Network – an organization who leads the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims.

The two projects are among five, totaling a half million square feet, that are being commissioned by the Network at Kings Cross. It is unsaid of who will design the other three buildings. However, preliminary designs studies are under way and formal appointments will be announced shortly.

48 Logements – Vitry sur Seine / Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture

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Architects: Gaëtan Le Penhuel Architecture
Location: Vitry-sur-Seine,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Grazia

The London ‘LidoLine’ – Swim to Work on Y/N Studio’s Proposal

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[Y/N] studio has an exciting new proposition for you if you happen to live in , England, near the Regents Canal called LidoLine.  If you are tired of public or bored of walking or cycling to work, [Y/N] studio suggests swimming to work along one of London’s canals. The ambitious project, runner-up in the 2012 Landscape Institute Ideas Competition of London, has many unresolved considerations, but the fundamental desire to reinvigorate and address the potential of public space along London’s canals is certainly admirable.  Being a bit far-fetched, the design has rallied a few criticisms, but let’s consider what the project really addresses.

Join us after the break for more.

House 0614 / Simpraxis Architects

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Architects: Simpraxis Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Christodoulou
Design Team: Christos Pasadakis, Maria Karydou, Stelios Zenieris, Stella Parpa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou

Matter @ Context: Contemporary Chilean Architecture at the IIT

Matter @ Context

Starting today, “Matter @ Context: Contemporary Chilean Architecture” will feature an interesting group of Chilean practices whose work represent the new architecture of the country.

The Exhibit Organized by the Universidad Finis Terrae de Chile and the Illinois Institute of Technology will be on display at the Crown Hall, , until October 22nd. A , with Alberto Moletto, Ignacio Volante and Felipe Assadi, will take place on the 16th at 6PM. The book “Matter @ Contex” published by UFT will also be launched at the event.

More about the curation and images of the selected projects after the break:

SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion Competition Library Exhibition

Courtesy of Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich of PATTERNS

Opening this Friday, October 19th, at 7pm in the SCI-Arc gallery, the Graduation Pavilion Competition Exhibition documents the four faculty entries in the competition organized this past summer to select a winning design for the ArtPlace-funded outdoor pavilion, scheduled to be completed in spring 2013. invited faculty members Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Elena Manferdini, Marcelo Spina (winning entry) and Tom Wiscombe to submit concepts for a design of an innovative, technically implementable, and visually remarkable multi-purpose pavilion. The resulting stage is set to host several upcoming graduation ceremonies, noteworthy symposia and presentations, as well as outreach cultural events developed in partnership with the surrounding Arts Community. The exhibition is on view until December 2. More images and architects’ description of their proposals after the break.

Catch the Tree Spa / LAND Arquitectos

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Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago,
Design Team: Cristobal Valenzuela Haeussler, Angela Delorenzo Arancivia
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Vertical Loft / Shift Architecture Urbanism

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Architects: Shift Architecture Urbanism
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Oana Rades, Harm Timmermans
Photographs: Rene de Wit & Jeroen Musch

2011 Gold Medal Winner - The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center, Dallas TX
2011 Gold Medal Winner - The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center, Dallas TX

Call for Entries: Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) recently launched their 2013 call for entries for their biannual competition which celebrates urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to our nation’s cities. The…

Giants Causeway Visitor Centre / Heneghan & Peng Architects

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Architects: Heneghan & Peng Architects
Location: , Northern , UK
Design Team: Monika Arczynska, Jorge Taravillo Canete, Chris Hillyard, Kathrin Klaus, Carmel Murray, Padhraic Moneley, Catherine Opdebeeck, Helena del Rio
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

Connemara / Peter Legge Associates

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Architects: Peter Legge Associates
Location: Connemara National Park,
Design Team: Peter Legge, Cornelia Legge, Carolina Sardinha, Lisa McSharry
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Sean Breithaupt + Yvette Monohan

Courtesy of Florida International University
Courtesy of Florida International University

Chad Oppenheim to Speak at Florida International University

Taking place October 18th at 5:00pm, Chad Oppenheim… will deliver his ‘Enhance Life’ lecture at Florida International University where he will be showing projects of various scales that his firm, Oppenheim Office, is completing around the world that serve the

JKC1 / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

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Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
Location: Bukit Timah,
Design Team: Diego Molina, Maria Arango
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Courtesy of Ghirardelli Architetti
Courtesy of Ghirardelli Architetti

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Ghirardelli Architetti

A simple gesture like opening the pages of a book became the inspiration for Ghirardelli Architetti… in their design proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition. By interacting with their intellectual awareness, art, science and history, this can transform

TOC House / Elías Rizo Arquitectos

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Architects: Elías Rizo Arquitectos
Location: , Jalisco, México
Architects: Elías Rizo Suárez, Alejandro Rizo Suárez
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Marcos García, Mito Covarrubias

Celebrating 10,000 followers on Pinterest!

Dubai Marina © AirPano

It wasn’t hard for us to get sucked into the slightly addictive world of … and we are not complaining. For architects, Pinterest has created an online community of endless inspiration that allows you to easily share your ideas with the world.

This past week we surpassed 10,000 followers on Pinterest! In celebration, we have complied a list of a few of our most popular pins. Let’s start with the stunning aerial of the Dubai Marina, seen above. This mesmerizing image has been repined well over 300 times! For more, check out the official ArchDaily Pinterest and continue after the break for a selection of our top pins. Happy pinning!

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Haven’t checked ArchDaily in a while? Here’s the best from last week: Main image belongs to OFIS architects’s Basket Apartments in Paris. A great project comes from Denmark, is the Youth Centre in Roskilde by Cornelius + Vöge. You can’t miss the Model Factory F designed by D.I.G Architects or the latest completed work by MVRDV, Book Mountain and Library Quarter Spijkenisse. Finally, you must watch our AD Interview to one of the most influential architects of our time: Norman Foster.

Lecture: Mega-Cities, Urban Poverty and Planning / Janice E. Perlman

Janice E. Perlman, author, researcher and CEO of The Mega-Cities Project, discusses her work in this at the for the “Urbanization Seminar Series”.  This in-depth , titled “Mega-Cities, the Urban Poor and the Place of Planning” covers Perlman’s research and observation in India’s slums, noting the way people upgrade the status of the slum and their own opportunities through minor reforms on small-scales.