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D-APARTMENT / SPACESPACE

  • Architects: SPACESPACE
  • Location: Osaka, Japan
  • Architect In Charge: Takanori Kagawa + Junko Kishigami
  • Area: 240.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

Should President Obama Create U.S. Department of Cities?

Author Richard Florida of the NY Daily News made an argument in his “Obama, build a lasting urban legacy” article that President Obama should create a new federal department at the cabinet level called the Department of Cities. Although the President has listed many issues that he would like to focus on in his second term, such as immigration, gun control and climate change, an initiative to create a more promising future for American cities could define the President's term and leave a lasting impression on the country.

The President made efforts in his last term to rethink and revitalize America's urban centers with the Office of Urban Affairs, created in 2009, but these efforts have gone largely unrewarded. Pair this with the existing Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is becoming increasingly out of date and irrelevant, and it's clear that Mr. President needs to rethink his approach. But despite the challenges that the Obama Administration faces, creating a Department of Cities to finally tackle the issues plaguing our most vital urban nuclei could be one of the most important and far-reaching moves he makes.

Read more about the future of our cities!

Films & Architecture: "The Fifth Element"

Last week, our latest featured film showed New York in the ’60s - this time we move to the future, about 200 years from now. This film, directed and co-written by Luc Besson, shows a New York City with flying cars and technological systems applied all around the human environment.

Enjoy and let us know your thoughts of how our cities will look in the next century!

Cornlofts Triplex Reconstruction / B² Architecture

© Michal Šeba
© Michal Šeba
  • Architects: B² Architecture
  • Location: Karlin, Czech Republic
  • Architect In Charge: Barbara Bencova
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Michal Šeba, Eduard Hueber

© Michal Šeba © Michal Šeba © Michal Šeba © Eduard Hueber

Third Wave Kiosk / Tony Hobba Architects

  • Architects: Tony Hobba Architects
  • Location: Torquay, Australia
  • Project Team: Michael Lucas, Tony Hobba, Jordan Wright
  • Client: GORCC (Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee)
  • Area: 105.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Rory Gardiner

© Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner © Rory Gardiner

Island House / 2by4-architects

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Courtesy of 2by4-architects
  • Architects: 2by4-architects
  • Location: Loosdrechtse , Netherlands
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Van Schaik
  • Area: 32.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of 2by4-architects

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2013

The topic of this year's Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition, Recycling Socialism, seeks architectural ideas and methods to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn – Väike-Õismäe ("Little Blossom Hill"). Väike-Õismäe stands apart from other similar neighborhoods in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle and the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language. More information and a video after the break.

House of Bank and Roof / Masao Yahagi Architects

  • Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects
  • Location: Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Area: 93.8 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura

CLW / Komada Architects' Office

  • Architects: Komada Architects' Office
  • Location: Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Area: 105.64 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Komada Architects' Office

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House Faes / HVH Architecten

  • Architects: HVH Architecten
  • Location: Keerbergen, Belgium
  • Design Team: Koen Heyvaert, Inne van Herle
  • Landscape Architecture: Patrick Verbruggen
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Tim Van De Velde

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Alpine Cabin / Scott & Scott Architects

  • Architects: Scott & Scott Architects
  • Location: Port hardy, Canada
  • Architects In Charge: Susan Scott, David Scott
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Scott & Scott Architects

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Centra Metropark / KPF

© Michael Moran
© Michael Moran
  • Architects: KPF
  • Location: 186 Wood Avenue South, Iselin, NJ 08830, USA
  • Area: 10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Michael Moran

© Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran © Michael Moran

Cincinnati Live/Make Competition Results

AIA Cincinnati, in partnership with the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, recently announced the winners of their LIVE-MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition. The challenged was to design a membership based facility that will feature private residences, maker-in-residence studios, light industrial studios and an open workshop that will help shape a new economic opportunity for the neighborhood. The grand prize went to Frenchman Olivier Terrisse’s scheme, whose iconic element consisted of a silvery residential loft tower rising from the rear hill over the renovated factories, whose fabric the architect cut to continue the existing street patter and to open up the spaces of the factory building. More information on the winning proposals after the break.

San Lorenzo Residence / Mike Jacobs Architecture

  • Architects: Mike Jacobs Architecture
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Architect In Charge: Mike Jacobs, Artur Growchowski, Dan Nissimov, Maria Tiliakos, Momo Araki
  • General Contracting: MFH Construction
  • Structural Engineering: Gordon Polon Consulting Engineers
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Michael Wells

© Michael Wells © Michael Wells © Michael Wells © Michael Wells

Grottammare Cultural Center / Bernard Tschumi Architects

This dynamic cultural center in Grottammare, Italy, will be Bernard Tschumi Architects’ first commission in Italy. Inspired by the city's small medieval center, the roughly 7,000 square meter structure will house a variety of exhibitions, conferences and workshops in an effort to “strengthen people’s ties to the territory with which they identify” by exchanging information about the existing city and envision its possibilities for the future.

The architect's description after the break...

In Progress: CityLife Milano / Zaha Hadid Architects

CityLife Milano is an ambitious commercial and residential development on Milan's historic former trade fair grounds: the Fiera Milano. On the surface, over half of CityLife Milano will be covered with upwards of 168,000 square meters of landscaped parkland dedicated to pedestrians and bicycles. This lush, pedestrianized space will be centered around a grand new piazza - 'piazza delle tre torri' - shaped by a trio of towers and surrounded by a cluster of residences, all designed by three world-renowned architects. As previously mentioned, Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei has contributed the Isozaki Tower, which is planned to become the tallest skyscraper in Italy at 202 meters and built alongside the curved, 150 meter Libeskind Tower. To complete the triad, Zaha Hadid has designed a twisting, glazed tower, which will rise 170 meters into the skyline.

More on the Hadid Tower and surrounding development after the break...

Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition Results

The results of the Piraeus Underwater Antiquities Museum Competition were recently announced with the collaborative team of architects Antonopoulos Evangelos, Vetta Thalia, Gavalas Georgios, Riga Maria – Kiriaki, and Stamouli Anastasia, and Pilarinou Maria announced as the first place winner. The challenge was for the design of a new landmark for the city and the port of Piraeus, with main reference to the culture, quality tourism and sustainability as well. Piraeus Port Authority is organizing an open exhibition with all the proposals that were submitted to the competition at the “Petrini” (Stonebuilt) Warehouse – future Museum of the History of P.P.A. and Museum of Immigrants – within the zone of the Cultural Coast. The opening of the exhibition is planned on 28th March 2013. More information on the winning proposals after the break.