2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Regional & Urban Design

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You’ve reviewed the work selected by the American Institute of Architects () to receive top honors in architecture and interior architecture at the 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado. We now present to you the projects and initiatives that have been announced by the as exemplars for excellence in regional and urban design. Check them out after the break.

How Santiago Calatrava blurred the lines between architecture and engineering to make buildings move

Milwaukee Art Museum © Michael Hicks (Mulad)

American author Robert Greene has shared with us an excerpt about the work of from his newly released book Mastery

We live in the world of a sad separation that began some five hundred years ago when art and science split apart. Scientists and technicians live in their own world, focusing mostly on the “how” of things. Others live in the world of appearances, using these things but not really understanding how they function. Just before this split occurred, it was the ideal of the Renaissance to combine these two forms of knowledge. This is why the work of Leonardo da Vinci continues to fascinate us, and why the Renaissance remains an ideal.

So why did Santiago Calatrava, now one of the world’s elite architects, decide to return to school in 1975 for a civil engineering degree after asserting himself as a promising young architect?

Continue reading for the complete article.

Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial / Leo A Daly

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Architects: Leo A Daly
Location: , MN, USA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bill Baxley

© Wilmotte & Associés SA
© Wilmotte & Associés SA

2018 FIFA World Cup Stadium Winning Proposal / Wilmotte & Associés

Wilmotte & Associés… recently won the competition to design the 2018 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Kaliningra, Russia. Their design features an urban facade that wraps the stadium, consisting of a series of orthogonal screens that respond to the surrounding

Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos

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Location: , Minas Gerais, Brazil
Design Team: Rodrigo Cerviño Lopez
Client: Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea
Cost: € 500,000
Area: 558 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Eduardo Eckenfels, Vicente de Mello


KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas Proposal / WORKSBUREAU

Seen as geologic formations rising from the land, the design for the KAFD Men’s and Women’s Portal Spas by WORKSBUREAU… form great shade porticos beneath long cantilevered masses. Located in two of the civic Attractor beacons of the dense urban King

XYYX Apartment / Naf Architect & Design

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Architects: Naf Architect & Design
Location: , Tokyo, Japan
Architect In Charge: Akio Naksa(manager), Tomohiro Tanaka
Area: 235.84 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

Courtesy of NC-Office
Courtesy of NC-Office

Notre Dame de l’Assomption – National Cathedral Competition Entry / NC-Office

Recently destroyed by the 2010 Earthquake, Port-au-Prince’s new design for the National Cathedral is presented as an absolute plain wall of concrete which expresses the true character of the construction. Designed by NC-Office…, the concrete material is not only

APAP OpenSchool / LOT-EK Architecture & Design

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Architects: LOT-EK Architecture & Design
Location: , Gyeonggi-do,
Design Team: Ada Tolla, Giuseppe Lignano
Project Architect: Tommy Manuel
Client: Kyong Park
Area: 5,500 sqft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Kim Myoung-Sik, Sergio Pirrone

Courtesy of NaNA
Courtesy of NaNA

Bulgari Pavilion / NaNA

The Bulgari Pavilion, a temporary installation commissioned by prestigious luxury jewelry brand Bulgari, was designed by NaNA… for the Abu Dhabi Art 2012 event held Saadiyat al Manarat, Abu Dhabi November 5-10. The architects were given a prominent outdoor space

Can Feliç Nursery / Estudio Fernández-Vivancos

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Architects: Estudio Fernández-Vivancos, Abalosllopis Arquitectos
Location: Avinguda del Ferrocarril, 169, 12560 Benicàssim, Castellón, Spain
Design Team: Enrique Fernández, Vivancos González, Ana Ábalos y Pablo LLopis
Contractor: Construcciones PIAF
Promotor: Ajuntament de Benicàssim
Area: 0.0 m2
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jose Manuel Cutillas

MAS Context #16: Production

#16: Production; Cover by David Sieren

The new issue of MAS Contexta quarterly publication released by MAS Studio, takes on the daunting issue of production and consumption impacting cities through the lens of a handful companies operating out of Chicago. Production and consumption have a negative connotation in today’s atmosphere of sustainability and conservation but architecture is fundamentally a celebration of the craft of inventing, designing and making.  , in collaboration with Chicago-based collective The Post Family, looks critically at the social, environmental, and political implications of consumer culture while celebrating the excellence of production.

More after the break.

Slum Rehabilitation Promise to Mumbai’s 20 Million

Aerial View of ; Courtesy of Flickr User Cactus Bones; Licensed via Creative Commons

Slums, shanty-towns, favelas - they are all products of an exploding migration from rural to urban areas.  Over the last half century, people living in or near metropolises has risen in proportion to the global population.  Migrations from rural areas to urban areas have grown exponentially as cities have developed into hubs of economic activity and job growth promising new opportunities for social mobility and education.  Yet, with all these perceptions holding fast, many people who choose to migrate find themselves in the difficult circumstances of integrating into an environment without the proper resources to accommodate the growing population.  Cities, for example, like Mumbai, ’s largest city and 11th on the list as of 2012 with a population of an estimated 20.5 million.  According to a New York Times article from 2011, about 60% of that number live in the makeshift dwellings that now occupy lucrative land for Mumbai’s developers.

More to come after the break.

Campo Viejo Winery / Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos

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Architects: Ignacio Quemada Arquitectos
Location: , La Rioja,
Collaborators: Javier Montoya, Imanol Iturria, Leticia Uribe, Maitane Urdangarín
Structure: Javier Valle
Installations: Técnicas Agroindustriales
Area: 45,529 sqm
Year: 2003
Photographs: Duccio Malagamba

Courtesy of Manuel Clavel-Rojo & Jacob Brillhart
Courtesy of Manuel Clavel-Rojo & Jacob Brillhart

DawnTown Design/Build Competition Winner / Manuel Clavel-Rojo & Jacob Brillhart

Now in its fifth year, the DawnTown Design/Build competition announced that the international collaboration between Manuel Clavel-Rojo (Murcia, Spain) and Jacob Brillhart… (Miami, FL) has been tasked to present their design to the public in the next 30 days. With

Vallpala Sports Centre / Vicente Salvador Arquitecto + Ignacio Vidal Arquitecto

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Architects: Vicente Salvador Arquitecto + Ignacio Vidal Arquitecto
Location: La Vall d’Uixó, Castellón,
Year: 2012
Photographs: José Hevia

NACO’s master plan for King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. HOK will now use the master plan to design the expansion of the airport - © NACO
NACO’s master plan for King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. HOK will now use the master plan to design the expansion of the airport - © NACO

NACO and HOK Win Expansion Contract for Riyadh Airport

NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO, and global architect HOK… were just awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The design consists of the expansion of the existing terminals

POD / Greg Wright Architects

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Architects: Greg Wright Architects
Location: ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kate Del Fante Scott