Summer House / Tamas Bulcsu + Eva Fortvingler

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Architects: Tamas Bulcsu + Eva Fortvingler
Location: Balatonakarattya, Hungary
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

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Venice Biennale 2012: Australian Pavilion focuses on Architect’s Evolving Role

A complex robotically fabricated sculptural installation. © Supermanoeuvre

Return from a water taxi journey around the Giardini via zip line, explore the potential for “robot craftsmen” and discover much more this August at the Australian Pavilion during the 2012 International Venice Architecture Biennale. With the world-famous exhibition just around the corner, the have decided to release details on what to expect at their exhibit, Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture.

The Creative Directors, Anthony Burke and Gerard Reinmuth, said: “It’s very exciting to see how the architectural profession is evolving, the new domains that are being explored and the vitality and variety of innovative architectural types that seems to foster. Formations highlights the range of unconventional and world-leading architectural practice types being developed across , celebrating new opportunities for architects that are working in non-traditional and unexpected ways.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

AD Editorial Round Up: Architecture in America Today

A Rebar project, the VIctory Garden replaced San Francisco’s Civic Space with a temporary farm. Via Afasia.

Seeing as it’s the 4th of July, we thought we would take a moment to reflect on the state of Architecture in our country today. Where are we? What’s important to us now, July 4th, 2012? And what does the future look like?

Undoubtedly, the Architecture profession is still hurting from the Recession. Thousands remain unemployed and, as Andrew Maynard pointed out in his popular Work/Life/Work Balance, those who are employed are overworked and undervalued. However, there are some glimmers of hope: in After the Meltdown, we discussed the inevitable rise of Public-Interest Design and the opportunities it will offer; in a guest post, Steve Sanderson of CASE championed the diversification & expansion of the architecture profession, which will better prepare architects for the realities of our Post-Meltdown economy.

As for Architecture today, there has been a rise in community-oriented projects that seek to better the quality of life in our fast-growing cities – from Productive Landscapes (which we explored at length in our Urban Agriculture Series) to Reclaimed Parks, a la the High Line and Low Line. While Green Design is of course on the rise, we discussed the boons & pitfalls of  following LEED to the letter. We also took a look at the role technology will play in guiding urban design, wondering “Can you Crowdsource a City?” and “Can you replicate the magic of Silicon Valley?

Despite the economic struggle, Architects are expanding their definition of architecture and coming up with innovative solutions for a more sustainable, responsible future.

       

 

Avenue de France Administrative Building / Group8

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Architects: Group8
Location: Genève,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Régis Golay

Courtesy of WILCOTER Architects
Courtesy of WILCOTER Architects

Regeneration of the Forbidden City / WILCOTER Architects

In the invited competition launched by the Culture Relic Bureau of Nanjing, WILCOTER Architects… envisioned an idea to regenerate the relics of the Forbidden City as a capital of the Ming Dynasty over six hundred years ago. In a city

New Technical Institute – ECAM – Site UCL / MODULO Architects + KhôZé Architecture

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Architects: MODULO Architects – KhôZé Architecture
Location: City of , Belgium
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Lieven Van Landschoot

Pirates Bay House / O’Connor and Houle Architecture

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Architects: O’Connor and Houle Architecture
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Earl Carter

Shortlist Announced for the Redevelopment of the Quadrangle at Strand Campus

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RIBA Competitions recently announced that six teams have now been selected to take part in the design stage of the competition for King’s College to redevelop the Quadrangle at the historic Strand Campus in London. The shortlisted teams include: Barozzi Veiga Studio, Carme Pinos Studio, Eric Parry Architects, Hall McKnight, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, and Zaha Hadid Architects. Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said: ‘We are very pleased with the variety and high standard of submissions and look forward to the development of an innovative, landmark design that will enhance the surrounding historic architecture’. More information on the competition after the break.

N-House / Takato Tamagami

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Architects: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design
Location: Tokyo,
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 586.87 sqm
Photographs: Masaya Yoshimura

Imagination wins the Troldtekt Award 2012

1st Prize Winner – ‘Acoustic Synecdoche’

Matthias Kisch from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Amy Linford from Newcastle University have won first and special awards respectively in this year’s Troldtekt Award just announced. Architectural and design students from 23 countries entered the concept competition, submitting an extensive array of creative and original ideas about how Troldtekt’s traditional acoustic panels can be used. More information on the winners, images and videos after the break.

Canada Water Library / CZWG Architects

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Architects: CZWG Architects
Location: 21 Surrey Quays Rd, Borough of Southwark, England
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,900 sqm
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Houses + Origins / David Stark Wilson

The firm’s founder cites his experiences in nature as the most profound influence on his architecture. In this volume he has chosen to pair images of his architecture beside the images from nature that inspired his designs. The origins of the firm’s work are also deeply rooted in the vernacular buildings of California and this influence is clearly illustrated in this impressive monograph.

Helsinki South Harbour Competition Winners

Boegbeeld – second place entry

The panel for the international Kirjava satama Ideas Competition unanimously decided to give four awards among the 201 entries with balanced overall solutions that were suitable to the cityscape; the entries also had especially interesting ideas for the development of different sections. Innovation and ideas were valued higher than the flawlessness of details. There was no single entry that would have attained all the goals of the competition in a way that was clearly superior. The entries Boegbeeld, Meren syleily, Stadi terassi and Tori received an award in the competition for the south harbour. More images and information on the winners after the break.

Naver Line Square / Urbantainer

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Architects: Urbantainer
Location:
Design Team: Jiwon Baik, Younjin Jeong, Gayoung Lee, Sujung Lee, Hyeseong Lee
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Urbantainer

Parc Pintor Vila Closes / David Closes

© Jose Hevia

Architects: David Closes
Location: ,
Design Team: Núria Bayó, Carles Jaén
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Hevia

2012 Disaster Response Grant Recipients

Architecture for Humanity Helping Haiti © NY Daily News

The American Institute of Architects () and Architecture for Humanity have announced the five recipients of the 2012 Disaster Response Plan Grant. Awards totaling $10,000 will help each group implement their locally driven preparedness project in the second half of the year.

The Disaster Grant Program is part of the Disaster Resiliency and Recovery Program, which coordinates the organizations’ advocacy, education and training to help architects make effective contributions to communities preparing for, responding to and rebuilding after disaster.

The 2012 grant recipients are:

Residential Center Cugat Natura / JF Arquitectes

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Architects: JF Arquitectes
Location: , Spain
Architect in charge: Jordi Frontons
Architects associates: Xavi Durán – Pau Frontons
Technical architect: Carlos Arilla
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 17.9 sqm
Photographs: Xavi Gálvez

Holiday Home at Aluksnes Lake / AB3D Ltd.

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Architects: AB3D Ltd.
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 386 sqm
Photographs: Māris Lapiņš, Edgars Gribusts, AB3D