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TechTown District Plan / Sasaki Associates

The TechTown District Plan by Sasaki Associates articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. An emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit, this town is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The architects' concept, however, aims to accelerate innovation, promote entrepreneurship, and build community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting. More images and architects' description after the break.

Jacques Rougerie Foundation International Competition

Jacques Rougerie, a famous French Sea oriented architect, had the chance during his career to receive help and support from those who believed in his talent. Open to everyone, his foundation, the Jacques Rougerie Foundation, has launched an International Competition which aspires to offer a unique opportunity for students in architecture, engineering or design, from all around the world to make their projects come true, or simply to reward their creativity. The competition aims to reward the most innovative, creative and bold projects at the service of architectural innovation, relative to topics that are dear to the foundation; Water and Space. The deadline for entries is May 28. For more information, please visit here.

Profile House / Black Line One X Architecture Studio

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Un Zeste de Citron / Y. Architectes

© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert
  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Saint Priest, Rhône, France
  • Architect in Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Area: 238.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / APTUM Architecture

Designed by APTUM Architecture, their proposal for the Central Mosque of Pristina, titled MI’RAJ, is about a journey of ascension to prayer and the spatial experience that evolves. As the ascension to prayer begins, a sequence of events unfolds. As a result of the Islamic community of Pristina searching for a unifying symbol and identity that can bring together many disparate mosques scattered throughout the city, the proposal harnesses that need and brings together a sense of place and provides public space for the greater good of the community. More images and architects' description after the break.

112 Emergency Service Extremadura Office / Daniel Jiménez + Jaime Olivera

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Municipal Funeral Home Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete / dra arquitectos

  • Architects: dra arquitectos
  • Location: 02650 Montealegre del Castillo, Albacete, Spain
  • Project Architect: DRA, Díaz Romero
  • Client: Excmo. Ayuntamiento de Montealegre del Castillo
  • Area: 181.17 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Miguel Souto

© Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto © Miguel Souto

Muyidong / Joh Sungwook Architects

  • Architects: Joh Sungwook Architects
  • Location: Seongnam, Korea
  • Design Team: Joh Sungwook, Kim Chin Kyung
  • Area: 346.63 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan

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Healthy Urbanism Proposal / Interface Studio Architects

The proposal for Healthy Urbanism is a collaboration between a visionary client, a health scientist and ISA - Interface Studio Architects to investigate the potential for health outcomes to influence large-scale neighborhood and building design. The consulting team developed a conceptual tool in order to bring spatial design and health outcomes into communication with one another. “The Matrix” is a key proposal of the work which creates a bridge between health-related research and literature, factors, health impacts, program, and design parameters. More images and architects' description after the break.

House in Bragança Paulista / Centro Arquitetura

  • Arquitetos: Centro Arquitetura
  • Localização: Bragança Paulista
  • Author: Carlos Ferrata
  • Collaborator: Patrícia Grimaldi Abud
  • Area: 165.0 m2
  • Ano do projeto: 2009
  • Fotografias: Pregnolato & Kusuki

© Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki © Pregnolato & Kusuki

St-Zotique Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams
© Adrien Williams
  • Architects: NatureHumaine
  • Location: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Adrien Williams

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Where?House / SASHIMI architecture + design

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Castillo de Cumbres Mayores Rehabilitation / Republica DM

  • Architects: Republica DM
  • Location: Plaza Portugal, 21380 Cumbres Mayores, Huelva, Spain
  • Client: Consejería de Cultura de la Junta de Andalucía y Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Sierra Occidental de Huelva
  • Budget: 210.350 euros
  • Area: 3362.0 m2
  • Photography: Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hoffman Auto Showroom Demolished

In late March, one of the few Frank Lloyd Wright designs in New York City was demolished quietly at 430 Park Avenue.  This seldom-noticed interior retail space was home to the Hoffman Auto Showroom for over five decades and just as it was considered for preservation by the Landmark Preservation Commission, the owners of the building applied for its demolition.  For many people, this may seem like an act of corporate greed or "corporate vandalism" and it may be so, but the landmark designation for interior spaces applies strictly to public space only according to NYC's landmark laws.  

So was this space ever anything more than private property?  And aside from having been designed by one of America's most famous architects, did the design have "special historical, architectural or cultural significance"?

More after the break.

BA 105 / Lacoudre Architecte

  • Architects: Lacoudre Architecte
  • Location: Evreux, France
  • Area: 40000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: 11h45

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American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2013 Architecture Award Winners

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the recipients of its 2013 architecture awards. Beginning in 1955 with the inauguration of the annual Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, this is awarded to a preeminent architect from any country who has made a significant contribution to architecture as an art. In 1991, the Academy began giving Arts and Letters Awards (formerly called Academy Awards) to honor American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. An additional award category was created in 2003 to honor an American from any field who has contributed to ideas in architecture through any medium of expression. Information on the winners after the break.

Is the Price of Software A Barrier of Entry to Architecture?

According to writer Ana Lui, architecture is an "unlevel playing field." From unpaid internships to the C-suite, the profession has made itself awfully difficult to break into - unless you come from privilege, of course. However, there is one factor contributing to the profession's inaccessibility that you may not have considered: the prohibitive costs of design software for young, budding architects.