Courtesy of Singapore Institute of Architects
Courtesy of Singapore Institute of Architects

‘Rethink Singapore’ Archifest

Organized by Singapore Institute of Architects, the annual month-long architecture festival is back for the sixth year running to celebrate the urban environment and the communities that make it alive. With the theme of ‘Rethink Singapore’, the event aims to…

Guangzhou South Railway Station / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: Guangzhou,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of , Nick Hufton

Firehouse of Palma de Mallorca / Jordi Herrero Arquitecto

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Architects: Jordi Herrero Arquitecto
Location: Palma de Mallorca,
Equipo De Diseño: Jordi Herrero Campo, Sebastián Escanellas Genovard, Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer, Gabriel Palmer Socías
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia, Courtesy of , Juan Gabriel Valls Palmer

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Venice Biennale 2012: Spontaneous Interventions / USA Pavilion

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The jury of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale has awarded the pavilion a “Special Mention” for it’s innovative installation, titled Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good. Curated and commissioned by Cathy Lang Ho, along with David Van Der Leer and Ned Cramer, the exhibition presents 124 socially-minded urban interventions that have brought immediate improvements to the public realm.

Brooklyn-based practice Freecell collaborated closely with the Sausalito-based design studio M-A-D, led by Erik Adigard and Patricia McShane, to design a kinetic system of color-coded banners, weights and pulleys, that showcase each urban intervention. Learn more after the break.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Originaire / China Pavilion

“Sequence” by Shao Weiping © Nico Saieh

From the curator Fang Zhenning:

“Originaire” is a word created to combine the meanings of “original” and “initial”. In the Chinese language, the character for “source” is specifically in the context of the water source. As such, we invoke the idea of “originaire” to seek the origin of memory and a mental image of the original world.

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Five architects, artists, and designers were asked to create five installations from different perspectives to represent different interpretations of the meaning of “originaire”.

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Koolhaas to be the Biennale’s next Director?

Rem Koolhaas © Dominik Gigler

Hot on the heels of the Jencks Award, yet another accolade is rumored to be coming Rem Koolhaas‘ way. The claims are flying about the twitterverse: OMA’s Koolhaas will be the next Director of the Venice Biennale.

Dezeen first reported the story after reading a tweet by the Biennale’s current Assistant Director to , Kieran Long (Long’s also the architecture critic for London’s Evening Standard as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Review/The Architect’s Journal). You can read the tweet for yourself below:

Of course, it’s all still rumors at this point, but we’ll keep you updated of any developments in the story.

Story via Dezeen

 

AD Round Up: Wood Architecture

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, one of architecture’s nobler materials, allows us to develop both complex structures and minimal designs.For today’s Round Up, we’ve selected projects that feature heavily in their design. Here’s five you can’t miss, such as the amazing Orquideorama by Plan B + JPRCR Architects, a building that should come up of the relation between architecture and living organisms. Also, check out Carabanchel Housing by british based firm Foreign Office Architects or Aalen University Extension by MGF Architekten. Revisit, the particular Sheepstable, design by 70F Architecture, a building with an interesting mix structure of wood and steel. Finally, is never late to review the great Geometric Hot Springs by chilean architect German del Sol.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all / Japan Pavilion

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The Pavilion for the Venice Biennale (designed by Takamasa Yoshizaka in 1956) presented the exhibit “Architecture. Possible here? Home-for-all”, curated by , with the participation of architectural photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, and architects Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto and Akihisa Hirata.

The exhibition, which was awarded with the Gold Lion at the Biennale, takes us through the process where these three emerging architects collaborated with Toyo Ito to design the “Home-for-all”, a project for the inhabitants of Rikuzentakata who lost their homes during the tsunami in 2011.

In the walls we find Hatakeyama’s photos from before and after the tsunami, along with a visual registry of the architects visiting the location. Around the pavilion, several study models reveal the process to design this unique type of house.

Home-for-all © David Basulto, ArchDaily

The jury stated at the award ceremony that ”the presentation and the storytelling in the Pavilion are exceptional and highly accessible to a broad audience. The jury was impressed with the humanity of this project.”

In the next days we will feature an exclusive interview with the curator, Toyo Ito. More photos and text from Toyo Ito after the break:

SFMoMA presents “Field Conditions”

Lebbeus Woods, Conflict Space 2, 2006; crayon and acrylic on linen; 74 x 120 in. (187.96 x 304.8 cm); Collection , gift of Aleksandra Wagner; © Lebbeus Woods

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be hosting an exhibition from September 1, 2012 through January 6, 2013 that features works of conceptual and theoretical architecture. Blurring the lines between the two, the “field” to frame these investigations into construction, representation, and experience of space entitled Field Conditions features works in a wide variety of media by artists and practicing architects. Some of the notable names that will have their work on display include Tauba Auerbach, Daniel Libeskind, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sol LeWitt, and Lebbeus Woods. More snapshots of the work after the break.

Villa Extramuros / Vora Arquitectura

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Architects: Vora Arquitectura
Location: Arraiolos,
Design Team: Jordi Fornells, Rolf Heinemann
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Adrià Goula, Alexandre Gempeler

Dalian Planning Museum / 10 Design

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The design for the new Dalian Planning Museum by 10 Design in Dalian, is envisioned to become a new civic sculpture at the heart of the city’s main governmental district.  The building is part of the first steps made by the Planning Bureau to promote landmark architecture in Dalian with an additional seven municipal civil projects, including a library, scientific center, urban planning exhibition, museum, and teenage activity center.  The Planning Building will serve as a modern, first-class venue for offices and exhibitions, and more importantly, an addition of cultural engagement for the public within the city.  The museum is also designed to be an example of technological innovation and sustainable practices.

Follow us after the break to read about the building’s advanced technology.

Imagining the Lowline

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Mark your calendars – the Lowline is going public! After a great gallery exhibition and tons of international support, the Lowline founders are launching a public exhibition to showcase their innovative technological approach to creating the world’s first underground park on the Lower East Side of City. The full scale exhibition will take place in the Essex Market Building D, an abandoned warehouse just above the proposed Lowline Park, from September 15-27.

More after the break.

Guesthouse / HHF architects + Ai Weiwei

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Architects: HHF architects + Ai Weiwei
Location: Ancram, , USA
Design Team: Mio Tsunemaya, Madeleine Kessler, Jeff Mansfield
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Courtesy of Docomomo US
Courtesy of Docomomo US

6th Annual National Tour Day

Docomomo US welcomes all to their 6th annual Tour Day, which has become one of the largest national events devoted to the appreciation of American architecture, which will be taking place October 6 and continue throughout the week. Featuring architectural…

“the REAL estate” / AL/Arch

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Architect: AL/Arch
Location: Bat-Yam,
Project Area: 550 sqm
Photographs: Liat Ezra, Asaf Evron, Orna Marton, Avi Laiser,

ISM House / I.R.A

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Architects: International Royal Architecture
Location: ,
Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan, Kim Jino
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of Liopetri / Various Architects

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The first prize winning competition proposal for the Fishing Boat Harbor and ‘River’ of was designed by the collaborative effort of architects Iereidis Vasilis, Michael Aimilios, Zomas Alexandros, Mitakou Eleni, Raisi Alexia, Hatzopoulos Dimitris, Fanou Paraskevi, and Lada Anastasia. With the challenge for a proposal that would provide all the necessary facilities for the fishing boat harbor and create a park that focuses on environmental education, this design stands as a binary between experience and function. As an outcome there are no clear boundaries between the fishing boat harbor and the park or in that sense between any other of the proposed interventions. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Extension in a Cité Jardin / STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes

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Architects: STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes
Location: City,
Design Team: Magalie Braune, Franziska Hofmann, Heike Bohrer
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of STEINMETZDEMEYER Architectes Urbanistes