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W House / Slow Architecture

  • Architects: Slow Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architects: SLOW Architects
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Fei Zhiwei

© Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei © Fei Zhiwei

XX Models: Young Belgian Architects

Presented here are twenty recent projects by an equal number of young Belgian architectural firms, published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘XX Models: Young Belgian Architecture’, at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. The exhibition showed one architectural model every two months beginning September 2008. Most projects include a public or collective dimension, public rather than private commissions were privileged, and a balance was sought between Flemish and Francophone firms. Each projected is examined in depth; selected offices include JDS Architects, Matador, URA, A229, Dierendonckblancke Architecten, B612 Associates and noA, among others.

Beijiao Sports Center / Decode Urbanism Office

The main purpose of Beijiao Sports Center is to serve the surrounding neighbourhoods, thus it was extremely important to design it as a multi-functional and friendly place. The typical image of traditional sports architecture is abandoned, in place for an activity space full of energy during or after sports events, both day and night. The intent of the architecture is to create a community space for activity, one that enlivens its immediate vicinities. 

4 Dwellings in Cantón de Santa María / Patxi Cortazar

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Location: Santa Maria Kantoia, 2, 01001 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Technical Architect: José Ramón Hurtado Mendoza
  • Client: Comunidad de Propietarios
  • Construction: Nasipa S.L.
  • Area: 0.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán

Bekaert Office Building / BURO II & ARCHI+I + Sileghem & Partners

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I, Sileghem & Partners
  • Location: Esserstraat 8550 Zwevegem, Belgium
  • Project Director & Project Architect: Ir. arch. Michel Van der Beken
  • Design Architect: Arch. Steven Vanwildemeerch
  • Interior Architect: Int.arch. Bart Decloedt
  • Area: 7224.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Klaas Verdru

© Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru © Klaas Verdru

Architecture Classics: Torre SRE Tlatelolco / Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

  • Architects: Pedro Ramírez Vázquez
  • Area: 37000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 1960
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Flickr user Aquarela 08, Courtesy of Viajeros.com, Courtesy of Flickr user padawan72, Courtesy of Flickr user mexinco, Courtesy of Flickr user David_Fernando, Courtesy of Flickr user ChezMig, Courtesy of Flickr user karoAlfaro

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"If you Build It, Will They Come?" - The Architecture Foundation Discusses Cultural Centers' Impact on Cities

Ten Ways to Transform Cities through Placemaking & Public Spaces

In 2011, UN-HABITAT and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) signed a 5-year cooperative agreement to aspire to raise international awareness of the importance of public space in cities, to foster a lively exchange of ideas among partners and to educate a new generation of planners, designers, community activists and other civic leaders about the benefits of what they call the "Placemaking methodology." Their partnership is helping to advance the development of cities where people of all income groups, social classes and ages can live safely, happily and in economic security and in order to reach these ambitious goals, the duo recently released 10 informative steps that cities and communities can take to improve the quality of their public spaces.

To find out what these steps are, read on!

'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' Exhibition

Taking place now until June 30 at the Museum of Design Atlanta, the 'Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation' exhibition pays tribute to Saarinen’s brief yet brilliant career, in which he designed numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including recognizable icons like the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, and Dulles Airport in Washington DC. Also breaking new ground by shedding light on a little known chapter of Saarinen’s secret professional life during World War II, the exhibit highlights the architect’s work and a study of the design principles he followed. For more information, please visit here.

Puche Houses / Juan Alberto Morillas Martín + José María García Ramírez + Francisco Salvador Granados

  • Architects: Juan Alberto Morillas Martín, Francisco Salvador Granados, José María García Ramírez
  • Location: Spain
  • Architect in Charge: José María García Ramírez, Francisco Salvador Granados, Juan Alberto Morillas Martín
  • Arquitecto Técnico de proyecto: Luis Miguel París López
  • Arquitecto Técnico de Dirección de Obras: Manuel Blanco González, Bruno Herrera González
  • Area: 6507.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jesús Granada

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

Green Square Library Competition Entry / ASPECT Studios

Part park, part urban square and part garden, the public realm of the Green Square Library proposal is a unique landscape offering to this new urban community and is an exemplar of contemporary community public space design and place making. Designed by ASPECT Studios, the public realm is designed to integrate with the program of the library building and facilitate a richness of public experiences and moods by changing scales and tempos. More images and architects' description after the break.

S Mahal House / Moon Hoon

© Kim Yong Kwan
© Kim Yong Kwan
  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gyeonggi-do, Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Moon Hoon
  • Design Team: Kim Suki, Lee Kyong Ho, Kam dong ho, Park Jung Mok
  • Area: 14712.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Kim Yong Kwan, Park Chan Woo

© Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan © Kim Yong Kwan

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions

Designed by Taller 301 and Land+Civilization Compositions, their main idea for the Central Mosque of Pristina is to re-interpret the elements that constitute the Mosque, without pushing the limits of the already established principles of Islamic Architecture. Located in Kosovo, a country rich in tradition and has confronted tough issues in recent years, the project intends to look back, and to see the way forward. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bitxo House / Lagula Arquitectes

  • Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
  • Location: Estany de Graugés, 08610, Barcelona, Spain
  • Client: Queralt Sales, Xavier Planas
  • Project Architects: Lagula Arquitectes SLP, Toni Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López, Manel Morante y Marc Zaballa
  • Collaborators: Eduard Reus, structures; Jordi Culell, engineer
  • Area: 412.0 m2
  • Photography: Adria Goulà

© Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà © Adria Goulà

Instant House @ School Competition

On the occasion of MADE expo Milano Architettura Design Edilizia, set to take place at the Milan Fairgrounds at the beginning of October, Federlegno Arredo S.r.l. is promoting the Instant House @ School competition to find the most novel projects for residential cityscapes and urban society. With the focus on kindergartens or nursery schools, and open to Italians and non-Italians who are studying or have studied architecture, engineering and industrial design, the compeition asks for architectural ideas relating to the many ways that children perceive and interpret the world around them through the multi-sensory experience of space and architecture. The deadline for entries is June 3. For more information, and for the complete competition brief, please visit here.

Woodskin: The Flexible Timber Skin

Courtesy of MammaFotogramma
Courtesy of MammaFotogramma

Have you ever wanted to create delicate, complex shapes from plywood, but can't because it's too stiff and unforgiving? Well all that might soon change, thanks to Milan-based design studio MammaFotogramma. They have created a type of flexible, 'Woodskin' triangular tiles of russian plywood.

Read more about Woodskin after the break...

A Look at Hollywood's Love Affair with John Lautner

You have to admit it, Hollywood really seems to have a thing for John Lautner; his designs are continuously cropping up in tv-shows, films, cartoons, music videos and even video games. The occasional despondent college professor aside, his exuberant mansions are usually typecast as the bachelor-pads of various flamboyant psycho-paths, pornographers or drug-smugglers. Curbed Los Angeles have compiled this excellent video of the various Lautner-featuring scenes, so we thought that we'd take a closer look at some of his buildings, which tend to pop up in all manner of unexpected places.

Read more about Hollywood's love affair with Lautner after the break...