St John’s School Marlborough / Re-Format LLP

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Architects: Re-Format LLP
Location: , USA
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Morley von Sternberg

Alemdag Housing / Baraka Architects

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Currently under construction on the edge of the city of , the Alemdag Housing, designed by Baraka Architects, is made up of four building blocks which contain 70 flats, 2 retail units and social facilities. The 6.000 m² plot is situated on the exact interface between the city and the surrounding forest, making this the first characteristic taken into account for the housing complex as an important dynamic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Treehouse Riga / Appleton & Domingos

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Architects: Appleton & Domingos
Location: ,
Interior Decoration: Magda Alves Pereira
Product Development: Jular Madeiras
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

BLOOM – A Crowd Sourced Garden / Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez

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Commissioned by the Greater Authority as part of the Wonder series to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, BLOOM, designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is a crowd sourced garden. Designed in neon pink, which is the official Olympics color, BLOOM is conceptualised as an urban toy, a distributed social game and collective “gardening” experience that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct fuzzy BLOOM formations. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House L / Schneider & Lengauer

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Architects: Schneider & Lengauer
Location: ,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst

Velodrome Proposal / BNKR Arquitectura

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With professional cycling rapidly developing in the state of Sinaloa, in the last decade, there is an interest in building Culiacan’s new velodrome, as well as incorporating policies that favor cycling as a mode of transportation into the city’s plans for new public spaces. The proposal by BNKR Arquitectura channels this new found enthusiasm for cycling into a single thread that unites a professional sports building with a cycling-oriented park development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Spence House / Metcalfe Architecture & Design

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Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design
Location: , CT, USA
Design Team: Alan Metcalfe, Jason Manning, Matthew Pickering
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Barry Halkin

Tourism Office in Arteixo / Alejandro García y Arquitectos

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Architects: Alejandro García y Arquitectos
Location: A Coruña,
Design Team: Alejandro García Rodríguez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro García y Arquitectos

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Venice Biennale 2012: An Interview with David Chipperfield

Director  discusses the ideas behind Common Ground and shares his response to the exhibitions featured inside the Arsenale at the 13th Architecture Biennale.

“The emphasis of the 2012 Biennale – explains David Chipperfield – is on what we have in common. Above all, the ambition of Common Ground is to reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history, common ambitions, common predicaments and ideals. In architecture everything begins with the ground. It is our physical datum, where we make the first mark, digging the foundations that will support our shelter.”

In Progress: Primorsky Aquarium / OJSC Primorgrajdanproekt

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Architects: OJSC Primorgrajdanproekt
Location: Vladivostok,
Project Leader: Igor Moskalenko
Design Team: Yulia Otlyachkina, Victor Zaycev, Anna Ushakova, Sergey Skobelev
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 35,000 sqm
Photographs: Alexander Hitrov

AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part X

Five great educational projects previously featured in ArchDaily for our 10th selection. Like The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art designed by Morphosis. The School Bridge by Xiaodong Li main concept is to enliven an old community and to sustain a traditional culture through a contemporary language. You can’t miss Cite du Design by LIN Architects; a facility for research, communication and education in design or BTEK–Technology Interpretation Center by spanish firm ACXT. To finish this Round Up, we have the amazing Ecological Children Activity and Education Center by 24H > architecture.

House in Foz do Douro II / José Carlos Cruz

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: José Carlos Cruz
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 885 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Frank Lloyd Wright Archives relocate to New York

Frank Lloyd Wright by JOHN AMARANTIDES, 1955. ”The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, , )”

The Museum of Modern Art, Columbia University and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have announced that the vast archives of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) have been jointly acquired by the University and the Museum and will become part of their permanent collections. The archive, which includes some 23,000 architectural drawings, 44,000 historical photographs, large-scale models, manuscripts, extensive correspondence and other documents, has remained in storage at Wright’s former headquarters – Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) – since his death. Moving the archives to New York will maximize the visibility and research value of the collection for generations of scholars, students and the public.

“The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation takes seriously its responsibility to serve the public good by ensuring the best possible conservation, accessibility, and impact of one of the most important and meaningful archives in the world,” said Sean Malone, CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “Given the individual strengths, resources and abilities of the Foundation, MoMA and Columbia, it became clear that this collaborative stewardship is far and away the best way to guarantee the deepest impact, the highest level of conservation and the best public access.”

Continue after the break for more images and an informative video. 

OCT Shenzhen Clubhouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Architects: Richard Meier Architects
Location: OCT Clubhouse,,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture as New Geography / Grafton Architects, Silver Lion Award

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Inspired by Pritzker Prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s call “to get architecture out of the making and thinking of isolated objects and to show it as an inexorable transformation of nature”, Dublin practice presents Architecture as New Geography at the 2012 Venice Biennale. The exhibition explores the work of the Brazilian architect in the context of Grafton’s first South American project for a university in Lima, Peru.

The International Jury has awarded Grafton the Silver Lion for their “impressive” presentation’s ability to connect to the ideas of and demonstrate the “considerable potential of this architectural practice in reimagining the urban landscape”.

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AD Interviews: Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL, Venice Biennale

Alejandro Aravena, Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, tells us more about The Magnet and The Bomb, their exhibit at the Venice Biennale. You can learn more about the projects presented at this installation: PRES Constitución and Calama PLUS.

For more photos, check our previous article.

Films & Architecture: “Baraka”

Baraka is the word for “blessing” in many Arabic languages. It entitled the work of who did the cinematographic work for the previous posted film Koyaanisqatsi by . This time, he only includes some music and leave the rest of the job to the compilation of impressive shots that capture nature and civilisation in progress.

Let us know your thoughts about this never ending contrasts between artificial/natural, and ancient/contemporary environments.

TR Residence / Robert Siegel Architects

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Architects: Robert Siegel Architects
Location: , NY, USA
Project Team: Robert Siegel, Brad Burns, Julien Leyssene, Wayne Walker
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 2,500 sq ft
Photographs: Paul Warchol