Glacial Water Botteling Plant / Panorama

© Cristobal Valdes

Architects: Panorama – Nicolas Valdes Rojic Constanza, Hagemann Muñoz
Location: Queulat fiord, , Chile
Area: 420 sqm
Construction: 2011
Photographs: Cristobal Valdes

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

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Memory Cloud is the winning commission awarded to RE:site (Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton, Artists website: www.resitestudio.com) and METALAB (Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Michael Gonzales, Architecture + Fabrication) by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall. Through a competition and short-list interview process the team demonstrated the ability to harness the potential of programmable LEDs, remote sensing, parametric design and digital fabrication to create an open ended narrative of the story of the University through animated silhouette imagery of past and real-time present student life on the campus.

Memory Cloud will be installed in December of 2012. Continue after the break for more images, video and the designer’s project description.

CATT / Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson

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Architects: Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson
Location: 1001 Fanshawe, London, , Canada
Principal-in-Charge: Tom Tillmann
Designer: Jason McIntosh
Collaborators: Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon; Structural Engineers, Hastings & Aziz; Civil Engineers, Development Engineering; Landscape Engineers, Ron Koudy’s Landscape Architects; General Contractor, D. Grant & Sons
Client: Fanshawe College Centre for Applied Transportation Technology
Completion: 2011
Project Size: 150,000 sq. ft.
Cost: $21,222,000
Photographs: Lisa Logan

SFMoMA Exhibit: “The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area”

1. Buckminster Fuller and Chuck Byrne, Building Construction/Geodesic Dome, Patent Office no. 2,682,235, from the portfolio Inventions: Twelve Around One, 1981; screen print in white ink on clear polyester film; 30 in. x 40 in. (76.2 cm x 101.6 cm); Collection , gift of Chuck and Elizabeth Byrne; © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, All Rights reserved. Published by Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati.

If you are in the Bay Area this weekend, we recommend you stop in at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and check out their current exhibit The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area. This exhibition is the first of its kind, featuring Buckminster Fuller’s most iconic projects as well a focus on his local design legacy in the Bay Area. Though he was never a resident, Fuller’s ideas inspired many local experiments in the realms of technology, engineering and sustainability. Continue reading for more information.

THE SHARE / ReBITA

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Architects: ReBITATsukasa Ono (ReBITA), Kento Horiuchi (Zycc), Kenji Hashimoto (Zycc)
Location: Shibuya, ,
Planning & Constructor: Zycc corporation, Satohide corporation
Built Area: 3,155.46 sqm
Completion: January 2012
Photographs: ReBITA

   

Video: Central Saint Martins / Stanton Williams


Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, has a new home quite different to the buildings it inhabited previously. Designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, the brand new campus behind King’s Cross is a space certainly worth exploring. Crane.tv took a tour of the building speaking to architect Paul Williams and Head of College Jane Rapley along the way to hear more about the new campus and why the building will induce even more ambition from staff and students as they move into the future.

The Architect Critic Is Dead (just not for the reason you think)

Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy of Flickr user CC Stuck in Customs

As you may have heard,The New Yorker’s Architect Critic, Paul Goldberger, is leaving for .

If this registers no reaction from you, let me explain why it should. is the crowned prince of criticism. He began his career at The New York Times in 1972, where he worked under Ada Louise Huxtable, our reigning critical queen, and where he won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1997, he switched media empires:

“I thought it was as perfect a life as you could have,” Goldberger told The Observer, “to spend half your career at The Times, half at The New Yorker.”

But, after years of “fighting for adequate space” in an increasingly shrinking column, Goldberger won’t be finishing his writing days as Architect Critic of The New Yorker, but as Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair.

Many will conclude that this is a death knell for architecture; that if architecture cannot justify its own column at The New Yorker, one of the most influential publications in the world, then it must no longer be deemed relevant. This is what happened when Michael Kimmelman, an Arts reporter with no architectural training was appointed to cover architecture at The Times. Critics tweeted: “NYT to Architecture of NYC: Drop Dead” and “Architecture: you’ve been demoted.”

I too will add a cry to the din: “The Architecture Critic is Dead!” But you know what? Good riddance. Because criticism hasn’t died the way you think. It’s just been changed beyond recognition. And frankly, for the better.

Read more on the transformation of architecture & its criticism after the break…

Playtime / TETRARC

© Stéphane Chalmeau

Architects: TETRARC
Location: ,
Client: Lamotte Construction, IRSS
Design Team: Michel Bertreux, Patrick Moreuil, Daniel Caud, Louise Follin, Frédérique Raynal
Plan Area: 3,800 sqm
Total building cost: 8,2 M€ TTC
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

   

3×9 House / a21 studio

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Architects: a21 studio – Hiệp Hòa Nguyễn, Nhơn Quí Nguyễn
Location: Ho Chi Minh,
Project Area: 27 sqm
Completed: 2012
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

   

Hotel Aliah / Hiperstudio + Arkiz

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The Aliah Project, a hotel for a green World Cup, designed by Hiperstudio + Arkiz has been awarded as the winner of a competition organized by Aliah, a company which promotes sustainable development through practices and businesses that are profitable with a positive socio-environmental impact. A sustainable luxury hotel complex for the 2014 World Cup, their design serves as a model of sustainable architecture by disseminating innovative concepts that promote a green lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Independencia Public Library / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Marsino Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Av. Independencia 1101, Independencia District, Santiago,
Project Architects: Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G., Diego Achurra Q., Claudio Santander L.
Design Team: Camila Perez A., Fernando Tocornal C., Alfonso Kunstmann M.
Completion: 2009
Gross Floor Area: 1,091 sqm
Budget: $ 594,33,.419 CLP / U$ 1,188,665
Client: Independencia Municipality
Structural Engineering: Claudio Hinojosa Torra
Contractor: Constructora Sinamaika Ltda
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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New Våler Church Proposal / We Are You

The proposal for the new church in Våler by We Are You… plays an important role in the landscape marking a new chapter in the history of Våler and presenting itself as a public meeting place for the people. This

Portland Street Duplex / MPR Design Group

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Architects: MPR Design Group
Location: , New South Wales, Australia
Design Team: Kevin Ng, Luke Durack and Brian Meyerson
Completion: 2011
Area: Approximately 750 sqm
Photographs: Brett Boardman

   

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‘LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition’ Exhibition

Three companies demonstrated their commitment to the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. by recreating significant works in LEGO® bricks in the spirit of the Museum’s current and landmark exhibition LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition. These three new models, containing more…

Block 64 / Loos Architects

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Architects: Loos Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Client: De Principaal / De Key, Amsterdam
Design: Miguel Loos
Design Team: Tamara Hopman, Ewoud Ruifrok, Jacco van der Linden, Belen Ramirez, Raoul Vleugels, Luca Miserocchi, Zuzanna Bujacz, Katarina Vranova
Completion: 2011
Building Costs: € 10,250,000 – (excl. VAT)
Floor Area: 10,600 sqm
Photographs: Allard van der Hoek

Steigereiland / diederendirrix

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Architects: diederendirrix
Location: Steigereiland, Amsterdam,
Area: 270 sqm
Client: Mr. van Bree, Mrs. van Winden
Project Team: Paul Diederen, Fabianne Riolo, Cyriel Heemels
Photographs: Arthur Bagen

Demolishing Freeways and Reviving American Cities

San Francisco Embarcadero © Russell Mondy

As cities grapple with budget cuts and rising infrastructure costs, the value of removing costly freeways has been gaining more attention. Boulevard conversions are now being considered as a cost-effective, practical alternative to rebuilding expensive expressways. At first, most residents gasp at the thought of removing their local freeway and for good reason; it seems counterintuitive. Nobody likes it when their drive home is prolonged due to heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, so we should make our freeways wider! Not tear them down…right?

John Norquist, former Mayor of Milwaukee (1988-2004), current CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and author of The Wealth of Cities, was recently interviewed by Next American City to discuss highway removal and “our congestion obsession”. Norquist’s best known achievement as Mayor of Milwaukee was demolishing the Park East Freeway – 1960s-era expressway that restricted access to the city’s downtown.

Continue reading after the break for more on this subject and to view the top twelve freeways pending their demise.

Volksschule Wallenmahd / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

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Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: , Bachmähdle,
Client: Stadt Dornbirn
Project Years: 2010 – 2011
Floor Space: 2,000 sqm
Volume: 17,500 cbm
Building Costs: 4.5 million Euro
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar