Stadshuis Nieuwegein / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Address: Nieuwegein,
Completed: September 2011
Size: 27,000 sqm
Price: 49 mio. euro
Client: Gemeente Nieuwegein, Projectbureau Binnenstad
Local Architect: ABT
Photographs: Adam Mõrk  

  

Bird Watching Spot / Pedro Barrail + Marcelo Barrail + Lourdes Mendez

Courtesy of Pedro Barrail, Marcelo Barrail,

Architects: Pedro Barrail + Marcelo Barrail + Lourdes Mendez
Location: , Paraguay
Client: Fundacion Milenio & Hsbc Bank Paraguay
Built Area: 57 sqm
Completion: April 2011
Collaborators: Ing. Martin Barrail
Materials: Wood and Steel. graphite color paint.
Photographs: Courtesy of Pedro Barrail, Marcelo Barrail, Lourdes Mendez

Update: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

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We have been covering the progress of the National Museum of African American History and Culture over the last several months, our most recent being President Obama’s speech at the ceremony for the official ground breaking. Adjaye Associates recently shared with us some insight into the inspiration for the design and its grounding principles. We also have several new perspective renders illustrating the internal experience. More details after the break.

Templestowe Reserve Sporting Pavilion / Phooey Architects

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Architects: Phooey Architects
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year Competed: 2009
Project Team: Peter Ho, Emma Young, Lucy Williams, Rob Chittleborough, Chris Evans, James Baradine
Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stantin
Services Engineer: Umow Lai
Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Download the “From Mad Men to Mies” Wallpaper to your Tech Device

After receiving a lot of compliments on our “From MadMen to Mies” graphic, we decided to let you take a little piece of Mies (the original Mad Man) with you wherever you go. Click through the gallery below to find the wallpaper for the technological device of your choosing – iPad, iPhone, Android phone, MacBook, or Samsung Tablet. Take one, or heck, take all. In this case, less isn’t more.

SACH / Herszage & Sternberg Architects

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Architects: Herszage & Sternberg Architects
Location: , Israel
Landscapte Architect: David Gat
Photographs: Shai Epstein

Color Light Time + Scale / Steven Holl

Last week, we received copies of two of Steven Holl’s newest publications, Scale and Color Light Time.  Published by Lars Müller, the books examine Holl’s preoccupation with light and color as ways to inform the shaping of space.  Holl’s architecture has consistently defined itself with formal gestures grounded in light and meaningful applications of textures and colors.  While accurate to associate Holl with water color, the books shows the range such a medium has had over Holl’s career, as it has afforded the flexibility to serve as both an exploratory and explanatory tool.

More about the books after the break.

Bureau Newteam / Steinmetz De Meyer

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Architects: Steinmetz De Meyer
Location: ,
Contractor: Newteams.àr.l., InCAs.àr.l.
Design Team: Nathalie Jacoby, Jil Streitz, Arnaud De Meyer, Gérald Deplus, Kristina Zöbel
Budget: 1,500,000 Euro
Surface: 2,100 sqm
Volume: 14,889 m3
Photographs: Courtesy of Steinmetz De Meyer

 

Gehry’s controversial Eisenhower Memorial gains Support

Via Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Despite strong objections from the Eisenhower family, classical architects and many others, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission has issued a statement of support for Frank Gehry’s controversial Eisenhower Memorial design. The statement was signed by every member of the commission, including chairman Rocco Siciliano, vice chairman Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), both senators from President Eisenhower’s home state of Kansas, and five other members of Congress.

The commission’s letter reads, has followed the direction provided to him by this commission. He has also consulted with the Eisenhower Family. His design for the Memorial is exciting, creative and inspiring. It captures the life and the spirit – and commemorates the historic achievements – of Dwight Eisenhower as one of the greatest generals in human history and one of our finest presidents.”

Continue reading for more. 

Update: Resistance to NYU 2031 Expansion Heightens

Illustrative Rendering of the Greene Street Walk, Part of the 2031 Expansion Plan. © 2031

The contenders: NYU and the Greenwich Village community. Let Round 2 commence.

Almost two years after we first brought you news about NYU 2031, NYU’s plans for expansion in Brooklyn, Governor’s Island, and (most controversially) in Greenwich Village, and the fight has not only continued, but escalated. A debate, hosted by The Municipal Art Society of New York, two nights ago brought about 200 NYU affiliates and community residents together, but only spatially; there was a considerable lack of willingness to compromise from either camp.

NYU’s plan, thought up by Toshiko Mori Architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and Grimshaw Architects, has ruffled feathers mostly for the fact of its bulk. The 2.5 million square-foot development (1.1 million of which would be underground) is the largest ever proposed for the Village, and has drawn criticism for its potential to diminish light, greenery, and open space in the neighborhood.

House LK / Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten

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Architects: Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architekten
Location: ,
Client: Family LK
Project Management: S. Gaudl
Construction: 2008 – 2009
Floor Space: 398 sqm
Volume: 2,352 cbm
Photographs: Bruno Klomfar

Alejandro Zaera-Polo named dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture

Photo: University, Office of Communications, John Jameson (2012)

Barcelona-based architect and scholar Alejandro Zaera-Polo has been selected as the next dean of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, where he has served as a visiting lecture since 2008. He is internationally known for his award-winning practice, Architecture, his extensive academic experience and contributions to international publications, such as El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+, Volume and Log.

He will succeed Brooklyn-based architect Stan Allen, who has served as the school’s dean since 2002. After the new appointment becomes effective on July 1, 2012, Allen plans to return to full-time teaching and architectural design after a yearlong sabbatical. As reported by Architectural Record, Allen stated, “We were looking for somebody who worked at a very high level as a designer-practitioner, but also approached architecture as an intellectual activity. There aren’t a lot of people like that out there.”

Lecor / Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture

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Architects: Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture
Location: Kungälv,
Client: Lecor
Size: 1,100 sqm.
Completion: 2011
Team: Fredrik Kjellgren, Johan Brandström, Yvonne Lohmann, Joakim Kaminsky, Pamela Paredes, Jochim Haag, Alexandra Agapie, Margherita Castellani, Josefina Högberg
Photographs: Kalle Sanner

  

The Modern Architecture Game / NEXT Architects

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Here at ArchDaily, we are desperate to get our hands on the newly launched, second edition of The Modern Architecture Game. In 1999, NEXT Architects created the board game as the first project collaboration involving their four partners. Now, this revised version includes questions that “range across the breadth of modern world history”, allowing a broad and international group of architecture enthusiasts to test their knowledge of the greatest architects, their famous buildings and legendary quotes.

You can purchase it online here.

Its time to plan an office game night, I call the Koolhaas’ CCTV Headquarters!

Reference: NEXT Architects, mediabistro UnBeige

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Macro Terminal Francisco Bicalho / Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, Thiago De Almeida

The project for the Macro inter-modal Terminal in the middle of Rio de Janeiro by Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, and Thiago De Almeida… seeks to create a new infrastructure to the city, which will create possibilities to transform an important

From Mad Men to Mies: Why Modernism Holds Sway

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It’s June 1966. Mies’ iconic Seagram Building dominates New York City. Bob Dylan has just released Blonde on Blonde. The Vietnam War is escalating. John Lennon has yet to meet Yoko Ono. Martin Luther King, Jr. has yet to be assassinated. And Don Draper is readjusting to married life – with his 25 year-old secretary.

The excitement over Mad Men, while always eager, was positively explosive last Sunday. The season 5 premiere resulted in the show’s highest ratings to date (3.5 million viewers, up 21% from last year). While the show has always received critical acclaim, now, for whatever reason, it has reached a fever-pitch of popularity.

On a purely aesthetic level, it’s easy to explain. The show draws in audiences with a meticulous, sumptuous set design that allows a nostalgic journey back in time: when design was innovative & clean, architecture was confident (cocky even),  and modernism still held its promise.

But on another level, the show is successful because of its inevitability. The very knowledge of the ephemerality of that confidence, a theme particularly relevant to audiences in the wake of the Recession, is what strikes a chord, what makes the show positively hypnotizing.

Watching Mad Men is like watching a Modernist car crash. A beautiful demise.

More on the Modernist Landscape of Mad Men and why the show has struck a chord with audiences today after the break. 

FI House / Punto Arquitectónico

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Architects: Punto Arquitectónico, Alejandra Molina Gual, Mauricio Rosales Aznar, Ramírez Segura
Location: Cholul, Yucatan, Mexico
Collaborator: Arq. Manuel Ferrer López
Cost: US $ 300,000.00
Completion: 2010
Land Area: 960 sqm
Construction Area: 380 sqm
Photoghaphs: Tamara Uribe

Update: The High Line + Koons

Image by James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and . Courtesy of Friends of the

In the middle of March, we attended a community meeting for the third installment of the High Line and shared James Corner and DS + R’s visions for the final stretch of the elevated rail line.   While the meeting offered an in depth look as to how it would tie together the previously featured conceptual elements, perhaps the already daring project needs a little more spice…perhaps, the High Line needs Jeff Koons.  The American artist has been in contact with the founders of the Friends of the High Line (the nonprofit which saved the railway from being demolished) as it is possible the public park could be outfitted with his lastest sculpture, Train, a massive replica of a 1943 Baldwin 2900 steam locomotive.  Oh, and did we mention that the train would be danging dramatically in the air, suspended from a crane?

More about Train after the break.