‘Carabineros’ Fort / EDU Medellín

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Architects: EDU Medellín
Location: Medellín,
Design Team: Juan MejiaGustavo Adolfo Restrepo, John Octavio Ortiz, Alejandra Gomez, Maria Elena Arango, Adolfo Emilio Arboleda, Julian Yepes, Isabel Mejia, Alba Milena Garcia, Diego Alberto Serna, Victor Hugo Garcia, Jerónimo Franco, Jose Puentes, Andres Montoya, Gustavo Ramirez
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of EDU Medellín

Greenland Migrating / Henning Larsen Architects

Greenland Migrating / Illustration Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

We’ve already introduced you to the Danish Pavilion exhibition Possible Greenland, on display at the , featuring possibilities that lay in store for Greenland in light of geographic changes caused by the increased rate of ice and snow melt. Henning Larsen Architects has now shared with us their portion of the exhibit, Greenland Migrating, a project developed in collaboration with David Garcia Studio and KITAA Architects.  Curating the exhibit are Danish-Greenlandic Professor in geology Minik Rosing and Copenhagen-based NORD Architects.

Join us after the break for a closer look at the project.

Dojo / UMWELT + Lucía Cavecedo García

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Architects: UMWELT + Lucía Cavecedo García
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lucía Cavecedo García

AD Architecture School Guide: Forensic Architecture at University of London

Analysis of white phosphorus munition behavior in urban environments (www.forensic-architecture.org)

When people think architecture school they think of training that teaches them how to make things: build spaces or develop sites for, primarily, human use. Over the years, this concept has expanded to encompass social activism. In the States, for example, there are programs like Architecture for Humanity, Project Row Houses, and Make It Right that address issues of poverty, displacement, and housing. Human Rights, however, extends beyond creating spaces for the economically disadvantages or impoverished. In fact, the term Human Rights often conjures up people’s rights within the context of conflict. Most people, however, do not think of architecture as encompassing the lack or destruction of structures.

Read about the program at the U. of London after the break

Michael Graves: In Defense of Drawing

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In his Op-Ed for The New York Times, called “Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing,” American architecture legend Michael Graves laments the loss of in our computer-dependent age. While Graves realizes the usefulness of computer technology to present a final product, he maintains that the act of sketching (particularly those first, fleeting “referential sketches”) is vital to the process of design:

“Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes and hands. This last statement is absolutely crucial to the difference between those who draw to conceptualize architecture and those who use the computer.”

Do you think the art of drawing is actually lost? Is drawing vital to the work you do? Or has technology become so sophisticated that it has “rendered” sketching unnecessary?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Story via The New York Times

 

Barn House / Cazú Zegers G.

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Architects: Cazú Zegers G.
Location: Kawelluco,
Architect In Charge:
Photographs: Guy Wenborne

Eastside Human Services Building / RNL

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Architects: RNL
Location: , CO, USA
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Frank Ooms

Luis Pedra Silva.
Luis Pedra Silva.

The Recessionary Interviews: Portugal’s Luis Pedra Silva

When Pritzker-Prize Winner Eduardo Souta de Moura faces unemployment in his own home country, you know things must be bad.
Due to the dissolution of its Parliament in 2005, Portugal has been in economic slow-down even before the 2008 global Recession…

Cultural Center in Son Ferriol / Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas

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Architects: Jordi Herrero + Sebastián Escanellas
Location: Calle Sant Joan de la Creu s/n, Palma de Mallorca
Architects: Campo, Genovard
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 750 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

Courtesy of IIDA
Courtesy of IIDA

2012 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Competition

The 2012 IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Competition was created to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding Interior Design/Architecture projects that represent the highest level of creativity, originality and design excellence in the following countries: Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil,…

Clover House / Toru Kudo + architecture WORKSHOP

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Architects: Toru Kudo +
Location: Tokyo,
Design Team: Toru Kudo, KohKitayama, Yukiko Yamamoto
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daici Ano

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© Andreas J. Focke / architekturfoto.org

Illumination: Palace of International Forums / pfarré lighting design

The Palace of International Forums is a centrally located venue in the cityscape of Tashkent , Uzbekistan for hosting official state receptions, conferences and concerts. With the request from the client for an atmosphere of festive glamour, pfarré lighting design…

House D / HHF Architects

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Architects: HHF Architects
Location: Nuglar,
Design Team: Markus Leixner, Anna Smorodinsky, Mio Tsuneyama
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Tom Bisig

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the 2012 Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale 2012: Photos of the Japanese Pavilion by Patricia Parinejad

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Photographer Patricia Parinejad has shared with us her images from the Japanese Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Presenting “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, the exhibition tells the story of three emerging architects collaborating with the exhibit’s curator, , to design for the Rikuzentakata residents who lost their homes during the devastating 2011 tsunami. “The humanity of this project” impressed the Biennale jury and was awarded the top honor of the Gold Lion.

Check out our previous coverage on the exhibit for more information and continue after the break for more images.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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It’s been an exciting week at ArchDaily that you couldn’t miss. But just in case you did, here’s our best of the week: A great project designed by  HHF architects + Ai Weiwei, the Guesthouse located in Ancram, New York. Revisit, Holy Redeemer Church a remembrance of brutalist architecture. Also, check out House KE12 by SoHo Architektur or the interesting extension of Städel Museum by Schneider + Schumacher. But definitely the most exciting news of the week was the opening of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, so do not miss our exclusive coverage.

Steven Holl Interview: Not a ‘Signature Architect’ / Andrew Caruso

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National Building Museum and Metropolis Magazine contributor Andrew Caruso takes you “inside the design mind” of architect Steven Holl. 

This year, the American Institute of Architects conferred its highest honor – the AIA Gold Medal – upon Steven Holl. I had the opportunity to talk with Steven about his sources of inspiration, a mid-career enlightenment, and his recent recognition as one of the most celebrated “American” architects.

Andrew Caruso: Balancing your practice with teaching and art is clearly a part of the designer we know you to be. How do these explorations shape your design point of view?

Steven Holl: Every project is unique: a site and a circumstance, a culture, a climate, a program. All of these forces are unique and you need a concept to hold the manifold pieces together, an idea that makes the project significant in its place and for its purpose. That is always the way I begin projects.

KDR House / I.R.A.

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Courtesy of Kamvari Architects
Courtesy of Kamvari Architects

Leeds Housing / Kamvari Architects

The Leeds Housing design by Kamvari Architects… proposes terraced housing which meets the criteria of modern day living. The proposal refers to the context and the interesting site surrounded by canals and a waterway. This was seen as an opportunity