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Acrobatic Arts Center / DX Arquitectos

  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Location: Corporación Aldea del encuentro, La Reina, Santiago, Chile
  • Design Team: Juan Luzoro, Roberto Mercado, Diego Pitters, Federico Novoa, Sergio Hidalgo, Claudio Aguila
  • Collaborators: Justyna Skrobanska, Sergio Villalobos
  • Constructor: Bio Bio
  • Calculist: Aquiles Revello
  • Specialist: Osvaldo Sotomayor
  • Plot: 1639.30 sqm
  • Area: 700.0 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pablo Blanco Barros, Cortesia de DX Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros Courtesy of DX Arquitectos

Critical Round-Up: Reactions to the Stirling Prize Shortlist

Most critics agree that this year's shortlist for the Stirling Prize is more "modest" than in past years - which is not to say that they didn't have plenty to say on RIBA's selection. Check out the critical responses from The Financial Times' Edwin Heathcoate, The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright and The Independent’s Jay Merrick, after the break...

A Moving Question: The Beauty of a Broken Silo

Compelled by its utilitarian structure and its run in with a tornado, well-known photographer Tim Hursley came across a damaged grain silo while spending 16 years in Hale County, Alabama documenting the work of Mississippi architect Samuel Mockbee and his Rural Studio project. The structure quickly became more than just another object to see and photograph, so he eventually bought the silo after documenting it periodically over a span of three years. Hursley is currently thinking about moving it around - from one place to another - through means of digital media and technology. As he puts it, he simply, 'encountered and saw it,' and by moving it from one place to the next, he leaves discovery up to the observer. More images and a video after the break.

Studio Gang to Design New Residence Hall and Dining Commons for UChicago

Studio Gang Architects will design a new residence hall and dining commons for the University of Chicago, officials announced today. Expected to open in 2016, the new facility will stand at the corner of 55th Street and University Ave and will act as a gateway connecting the Hyde Park community to the rest of the University.  Jeanne Gang’s studio was chosen out of dozens of entries, in a process that called upon the input of faculty, staff, students, as well as community and University stakeholders.

Elysium Playground / Cox Rayner Architects

  • Architects: Cox Rayner Architects
  • Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Client: Pearson Property Group
  • Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones

© Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones © Christopher Frederick Jones

2C Houses / Vaíllo - Irigaray + Eguinoa

  • Architects: Vaíllo - Irigaray + Eguinoa
  • Location: Corella, España
  • Project Architects: Antonio Vaíllo i Daniel, Juan L. Irigaray Huarte
  • Area: 843 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

North Carolina A&T State University / The Freelon Group Architects

  • Architects: The Freelon Group Architects
  • Location: 1601 East Market Street, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411, USA
  • General Contractor: D.H. Griffin
  • Structural Engineer: Stewart Engineering
  • MEP Engineer: Harrell, Saltrick & Hopper
  • Landscape Architect: Lappas + Havener
  • Civil Engineer: Stewart Engineering / Timmons Group
  • Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Inc
  • Area: 88000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Mark Herboth

© Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth © Mark Herboth

Boyeruca Fishermen’s Service Building / SGGB Arquitectos

© Nicolás Arancibia
© Nicolás Arancibia
  • Architects: SGGB Arquitectos
  • Location: Boyeruca, Chile
  • Project Architects: Guillermo Bustos, Sebastián Guevara
  • Area: 190 sqm
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Nicolás Arancibia, Sebastian Guevara

© Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia © Nicolás Arancibia

Museum of Bavarian History Competition Entry / Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten

Designed by Irlenbusch von Hantelmann Architekten, their proposal for the Museum of Bavarian History in Regensburg accentuates its significance through its single urban block concept. The aim of the urban layout is a sensitive implementation of the new building in the world heritage surrounding, without disregarding the importance of the museum. Therefore the historical layout with its unique alleys is continued with the new setting. More images and architects' description after the break.

First Peoples House / Formline Architecture + Urbanism

© Nick Lehoux
© Nick Lehoux

© Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux © Nick Lehoux

Three Projects Shortlisted for 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize

The RIBA has announced three projects—two located in Asia and one in the United States—for the shortlist of the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize. Named for Berthold Lubetkin, a Georgian-born architect, the prize celebrates the work of RIBA members building outside of the UK. Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho, Grimshaw’s Via Verde and Wilkinson Eyre’s Cooled Conservatories will face off for the honor; the winner of this year’s Lubetkin Prize will be announced (along with the winner of the prestigious Stirling Prize) on September 26th in London.

Angela Brady, RIBA President, said:

"The 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize shortlist features three exceptionally innovative projects that meet three very different urban challenges. From the blueprint for New York affordable housing and the creation of an impressive new shopping district in central Beijing to Singapore’s new sustainable gardens, these are all extremely clever solutions. These cutting-edge schemes show the leading role that architects play in delivering visionary new thinking about urban issues, and illustrate why UK creative talent has such recognition around the world."

More on the shortlisted projects after the break…

Skaters Rights to Southbank Will Be Preserved

In the latest twist in an ongoing saga, the skateboarders campaigning to save the undercroft of the Southbank Centre have succeeded in a bid to list the space as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act, as reported by Architects' Journal. The listing means that any planning decision would have to take the loss to the skating community into account. Read the full article here.

Altos de San Antonio Clubhouse / Dutari Viale Arquitectos

© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
© DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos
  • Architects: Dutari Viale Arquitectos
  • Location: Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
  • Arquitectos a Cargo: Dutari Viale (Ian Dutari, Santiago Viale Lescano)
  • Project Area: 2,015 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SP-Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos, RB-Roger Berta

© SP-Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos © DV-Dutari-Viale Arquitectos

White Colony / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates

© Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai © Koji Sakai

Farmers Fishers Bakers / rizForm

© Eric Laignel
© Eric Laignel
  • Architects: GrizForm
  • Location: 3000 K Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., DC 20007, USA
  • Project Team: Griz Dwight, Brooke Loewen, Michelle Bove
  • Engineering: CFR Engineering
  • Area: 9662.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eric Laignel

© Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel

Defining Gensler's Secret to Success

When the $1.9-billion project is completed next year, the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower will become the world’s second-tallest building. The state-of-the-art, spiraling form, which is engineered to help it withstand typhoons, pays tribute to the city’s dynamic rise as a leading commercial center. 

The super-tower also symbolizes the ascension—and resilience—of the firm that designed it. With 3,500 employees, Gensler operates 43 offices in 14 countries. Last year, the company worked on some 6,700 projects for about 2,200 different clients, reporting a record-breaking $751 million in revenue. This year, the company projects its revenues will be closer to $800 million—astounding figures considering the industry is emerging from one of worst economies since the Great Depression. “It’s been a serious downturn and a slow recovery,” says Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA. “From 2008 to 2011, architecture firms’ gross firm billings dropped 41 percent. Now, most firms are inching back, but very slowly.”

In a landscape still riddled with fallout, Gensler has managed to weather the recent economic storms. After cutting about 30 percent of its workforce in a nine-month period between 2008 and early 2009, the firm has rapidly rebuilt and now employs more staff and generates more revenue than ever before. Many in the industry today are scratching their heads: What’s Gensler’s secret? 

Koç Contemporary Art Museum Winning Proposal / Grimshaw

Grimshaw just announced that they have been selected by the Vehbi Koç Foundation to design Koç Contemporary, a new contemporary art museum in Istanbul. Due to open to the public in 2016, the new project has been conceived to fulfill the Foundation’s vision of showcasing the growing Koç collection to the broadest possible audience and to place these works in a national, regional and international context of contemporary artists. More images and architects' description after the break.

Via Wines Tasting Room / Claro Arquitectos

Courtesy Claro Arquitectos
Courtesy Claro Arquitectos
  • Architects: Claro Arquitectos / Samuel Claro
  • Location: Panamericana Sur, VII Región, Chile
  • Area: 180.0 m2
  • Year: 2009

Courtesy Claro Arquitectos Courtesy Claro Arquitectos Courtesy Claro Arquitectos Courtesy Claro Arquitectos