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Ruin Academy / Marco Casagrande

  • Architects: Marco Casagrande
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Nikita Wu
  • Jut Foundation Coordinators: Lea Yi-Chen Lin, Yi-Ling Hung
  • Area: 500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

© AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui © AdDa, Tsai Ming-Hui

The extension of the Montreuil Polytechnic / 2/3/4/

  • Architects: 2/3/4/
  • Location: 191 Rue de la Nouvelle France, 93100 Montreuil, France
  • Architect In Charge: Olivier ARENE, Jean-François PATTE, Emilie SOPENA
  • Team: Elie MARçAIS, Hélène ARLIGUI, Olivia MEDOT, Nicolas GUILLAUME, Fabrizio GLORIOSO, Guilio TARQUINI, Tae Hyung Kim
  • Landscape: Faubourg 2/3/4/ Florian LUNEAU
  • Consulting Engineer: SAS MIZRAHI, Eric BOURNIQUE, Christian KPESSOKRO
  • Area: 4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Juan Sepulveda, Nicolas Fussler

© Nicolas Fussler © Nicolas Fussler © Juan Sepulveda © Juan Sepulveda

The Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture

The Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the Butler-VanderLinden Lecture on Architecture featuring Wang Shu: 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate and co-founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, founded by him and his wife, Lu Wenyu, in 1997 in Hangzhou, China. They are known for a keen dedication to handicraft, a penchant for sustainable building methods, and thoughtful projects that are contextualized within Chinese culture and history. The firm’s work has been described by the Pritzker Prize jury as “timeless, deeply rooted in its context, and yet universal. The event will be held in the Rubloff Auditorium on March 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm. For more information, please visit here.

The 'Power of Architecture’: Louis Kahn Exhibition

Celebrating one of the great master builders of the twentieth century, the Louis Kahn exhibition is taking place now until November 8, 2013. The 'Power of Architecture’, presented by the Vitra Design Museum is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. All of Kahn’s important projects are extensively documented — from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works. More information after the break.

Community Center at Batuco Abajo / Luis Quezada

  • Architects: Luis Quezada
  • Location: Pencahue, Maule, Chile
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Courtesy of Luis Quezada

Courtesy of Luis Quezada Courtesy of Luis Quezada Courtesy of Luis Quezada Courtesy of Luis Quezada

Christo Unveils Inflatable, Light-Infused Installation in Germany

© Wolfgang Volz, 2013 Christo
© Wolfgang Volz, 2013 Christo

The internationally - and often controversial - acclaimed artist Christo has unveiled the “largest indoor sculpture ever made”. Prepared to debut in a public exhibition starting March 16, the inflated “Big Air Package” has been designed to occupy a 117-meter-tall former gas tank known as Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany. The 90-meter-high, 50-meter-wide sculpture is made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope, with a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. 

The seemingly endless, inflatable installation was conceived in 2010 and is Christo’s first major work after the passing of his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude in 2009.

More on Christo’s “Big Air Package” after the break...

56 Dwellings in Salburúa / Patxi Cortazar

  • Architects: Patxi Cortazar
  • Location: Vitoria, Álava, Spain
  • Project Architects: Patxi Cortazar y José Manuel Simón
  • Technical Architects: Juan José Gracia Martín y Gonzalo Porres Salces
  • Client: VIVANTIS
  • Consulting: Zikotz S.A.
  • Area: 7993.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán

Sac Chich Hacienda / Reyes Ríos + Larraín Arquitectos

© Pim Schalkwijk © Marcelo Troché © Pim Schalkwijk © Pim Schalkwijk

National Convention and Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / gmp Architekten

© gmp Architekten
© gmp Architekten

gmp Architekten just won the first prize in the competition to design the 1.2 million square-meter Tianjin Exhibition Center. Now the third city where an exhibition center of international importance will be built after Shanghai and Guangzhou, their design concept proposes two almost identical construction phases. They both consist of a central entrance hall roofed over by filigree canopies, 8 exhibition halls on both sides and a main central thoroughfare that connects the entrance halls with the exhibition halls. More images and architects' description after the break.

51 Logements in Viry-Châtillon / Margot-Duclot architectes associés

© Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy © Jean-Michel Landecy

Video: A documentary on Toyo Ito's Sendai Mediatheque

One of Toyo Ito's most iconic building is undoubtedly the Sendai Mediatheque. The latest Pritzker laureate completed the building in 2001, a cultural media center allowing complete visibility and transparency to the surrounding community. 

French director Richard Copans made this documentary on the Sendai Mediatheque that you can't miss. You can watch part II and III after the break. And don't forget to check our complete coverage on the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner. 

AD Classics: Tower of Winds / Toyo Ito

© Toyo Ito and Associates © Toyo Ito and Associates © Toyo Ito and Associates © Flickr User ..colb..

The Tower of Winds is a project largely indicative of Toyo Ito's approach to architecture, particularly his belief in the importance of technology and its vital role in the future of architecture. The project not only embraces technology and involves it in a dialogue with the city, but also establishes a direct symbolic relationship between nature and the installation.

Manish Restaurant / ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo

  • Architects: ODVO arquitetura e urbanismo
  • Location: Av. Horácio Láfer, 491 - Itaim Bibi, Sao Paulo - São Paulo, 04538-082, Brazil
  • Project Architects: Carol Kaphan Zullo (Mínima Arquitetura e Urbanismo), Omar Mohamad Dalank y Victor Oliveira Castro (ODVO Arquitetura e Urbanismo)
  • Area: 472.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico

© Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico © Pregnolato e Kusuki estúdio Fotográfico

House Bill Proposes to Eliminate Funding for Eisenhower Memorial

Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial saga continues, as Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) proposed legislation that would forego Frank Gehry’s controversial design and eliminate federal funding. Although Bishop’s radical bill would save $100 million in future funding, it ignores any possibility of compromise.

In response, the AIA stated: 

Green Schools Exhibition

Striving to provide the nation’s children with a healthy place to learn is not a new concept. As long as there have been school buildings, there have been advocates for architectural improvements to ensure that students had proper lighting, heating, and fresh air. But with the real problems of overcrowding, age, and budget crises, many green visions have fallen short. With that being said, the Green Schools exhibition at the National Building Museum, which began this month and will run until January 4, 2014, will look at several examples of what is possible—at the future that, in some places, is already here—and provide resources for all of us to consider as we look toward constructing the next generation of school buildings. For more information, please visit here.