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Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, Honored with the 2013 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA, as the 2013 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award.  Established in 1972, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award honors architects and organizations that champion a range of social issues, including affordable housing, minority inclusion and access for persons with disabilities. Gantt is being recognized for his efforts as a noted civil rights pioneer, public servant and award-winning architect.

University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus Proposal / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, their proposal for the University of Ulster’s Belfast City Campus has recently received planning permission upon winning the competition in January 2012. The campus is part of a £250m higher education project to provide 70,000 sqm of central teaching, faculty and social learning accommodation across three linked sites in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast city center.  This high density urban university campus blurs the boundaries between the University environments and the city by providing publicly accessible thoroughfares and facilities across the lower three floors. More images and architects' description after the break.

Wyckoff House Museum / nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS is designing a cultural education complex for the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn on the site of New York's oldest house. The Wyckoff House has an immense history as it was the first landmark designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1968. nARCHITECTS’s educational complex will act as a portal between its present day environment and historical site. Due to its exceptional spatial and temporal intervention, the design was recently awarded an AIA New York Design Merit Award.

V House / BaksvanWengerden Architecten

  • Architects: BaksvanWengerden Architecten
  • Location: Alkmaar, The Netherlands
  • Project Architects: Gijs Baks, Jacco van Wengerden
  • Collaborators: Rui Duarte, Keimpke Zigterman
  • Structural Engineer: Van Rossum Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Amsterdam
  • Contractor : Cor Koper Bouwbedrijf, Heerhugowaard
  • Area: 210.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yvonne Brandwijk

© Yvonne Brandwijk © Yvonne Brandwijk © Yvonne Brandwijk © Yvonne Brandwijk

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Millennium Point Visibility Winning Proposal / Daniel Madeiros + Jonathan Schwinge

Daniel Madeiros and Jonathan Schwinge were recently announced as the winners of the ideas competition organized by Millennium Point and the RIBA to enhance the visibility and image of Millennium Point in Birmingham from the Jennens Road approach. The jury panel was struck by the beauty and grace of their winning idea which was underpinned by craft and technology, convincing the jury that the dramatic form could be constructed. Also demonstrating complexity and sensitivity to the site, Millennium Point will benefit greatly from this competition and the opportunities it now has for its next phase of architectural evolution. More images and architects' description after the break.

Hewlett Street House / MPR Design Group

  • Architects: MPR Design Group
  • Location: Hewlett Street, Bronte, Australia
  • Project Architect: Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Design Team: Kevin NG, Sebastian Kaintoch
  • Builder : Onsite
  • Structural Engineer: NB Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Peter Glass & Associates
  • Area: 332.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of MPR Design Group

Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group Courtesy of MPR Design Group

Sekeping Kong Heng / Seksan Design

  • Architects: Seksan Design
  • Location: Ipoh, Malaysia
  • Architect : Seksan Design
  • Area: 4000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Rupajiwa Studio

© Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio © Rupajiwa Studio

Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

Designed by LYCS Architecture, their newly completed proposal for the Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School focuses on the relationship between architecture and site, site and city, form and function. Striving for a unique design to serve as a model school, their concept provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. More images and architects' description after the break.

A Glimpse of Hope for Johannesburg's Forgotten Ponte Tower

The Ponte Tower is a residential high-rise in Johannesburg, South Africa with a unique history and now a promising future. It was designed by architect Manfred Hermer in the 1970's to be one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with an iconic, hollowed out interior, three-story apartments and rooftop jacuzzis. Over time, however, the building fell into disrepair and instead of serving as an icon of extreme wealth and prosperity, it became an icon of poverty and indifference. In still racially-divided South Africa, this was marked by the moving out of whites and the moving in of a primarily black population as property values plummeted. It has been associated with high levels of crime, a lack of sanitariness and even suicides, thanks to the building's hollow core.

Memory Cloud / RE:Site + Metalab

As an update to last year's post featuring Memory Cloud as the winning commission awarded to RE:site and METALAB by Texas A&M University for the new Memorial Student Center 12th Man Hall, they have shared with us their most recent images upon the completion of their installation this February. Located in a place of deep traditions that are played out on the football field at every game and in the everyday lives of students, will create the imagery that will be played within the layers of the LED matrix at different speeds and durations. The gallery of images, and a video of the project can be viewed after the break.

Cathedral Announces Competition to Design Tomb for King Richard III

Since the remains of Richard III were discovered beneath a car-park near Leicester Cathedral last year, the local church has been left with a perplexing question: what to do with him now? The King's remains are an important part of English history, and an important tourist attraction, but how should they mark his final resting place? 

In response to this issue, Cathedral authorities have launched a design competition asking selected architects to submit ideas for a new tomb for King Richard that will be located in the Gothic Cathedral. The brief is an unusually delicate one; the architects submissions will have to consider appropriate symbolism and practicality in their design, not to mention the challenge of designing, in a modern age, the grave of someone who lived centuries ago. They also need to be mindful of the controversy surrounding the King, as the brief states: "Richard demonstrated both the honorable and dishonorable characteristics of human beings."  Some consider him a great English King,  while others, a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Read more about the brief and see an early submission after break...

House Zochental / Liebel Architekten BDA

© Michael Schnell
© Michael Schnell
  • Architects: Liebel Architekten BDA
  • Location: Aalen, Germany
  • Team: Bernd Liebel, Steffen Kainzbauer, Frank Weinschenk, Karin Dischinger-Hänle
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Michael Schnell

© Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell © Michael Schnell

Endless Love Of Porcelain / Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Location: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
  • Design Team: Bo Jiang, Chao Wang, Jie Sun, Xin Xu, Yan Wei, Yuan Zhang, Bo Li, Chenfei Wang, Dongke Li
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

Hotel Pupp / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

© Jürgen Eheim Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett © Jürgen Eheim © Jürgen Eheim

Pier 40 Parks and Housing Development Proposal / WXY Architecture + Urban Design

In an effort to saving the crumbling 15-acre Pier 40 on Manhattan’s Lower West Side waterfront, seven downtown youth sports groups have released a concept plan prepared by WXY Architecture + Urban Design to open up 40% more space for more fields and park space on the pier, mainly by creating a new development site for two new, 22-story residential buildings in an area along West Street directly in front of the pier. The development approach would open the existing 800-foot-long pier shed building that encloses the park fields to improve connections and access between the Hudson River, the pier, and the park. The result knits together leisure and recreation amenities with a premier waterfront destination. More images and architects' description after the break.