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Dance School in Lliria / hidalgomora arquitectura

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo

© Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo © Diego Opazo

House Overlooking the Strait / Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-Design

  • Architects: Keisuke Kawaguchi + K2-Design
  • Location: Kanmon Street, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Takahiro Shimokawa

© Takahiro Shimokawa © Takahiro Shimokawa © Takahiro Shimokawa © Takahiro Shimokawa

'Yona on the Beach': MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / Stephen Yablon Architect

One of the selected entries in the MoMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas, Stephen Yablon Architect’s "Yona on the Beach" accepts the inherent and increasingly dynamic weather conditions of barrier islands. Their idea is a new model for barrier island settlements; entire beach neighborhoods are raised high above the 100 year flood plain so that the barrier island below can naturally shift and change during storms with minimal impact to human habitation. More images and architects' description after the break.

Jasper Place Branch Library / HCMA/Dub Architects

  • Architects: HCMA/Dub Architects
  • Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Area: 1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Gerry Kopelow, Courtesy of HCMA

© Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow © Gerry Kopelow

North American Butterfly Association / Cooper Joseph Studio

© Thorney Lieberman
© Thorney Lieberman
  • Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
  • Location: National Butterfly Center, 3333 Butterfly Park Drive, Mission, TX 78572, USA
  • Design Team: Wendy Evans Joseph, Chris Cooper, Chris Good
  • Area: 47015.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Thorney Lieberman

© Thorney Lieberman © Thorney Lieberman © Thorney Lieberman © Thorney Lieberman

Trublerhütte / Rossetti + Wyss Architekten

  • Architects: Rossetti + Wyss Architekten
  • Location: Schlieren, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Project Leader: Verena Meissner
  • Collaborator: Claudio Sticca, Chantal Zwingli, Klaus Müller
  • Year: 2008
  • Photography: Jürg Zimmermann

© Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann © Jürg Zimmermann

“La Lagartija” House and Bungalows / Alexandro Velázquez Moreno

  • Architects: Alexandro Velázquez Moreno
  • Location: Valle de Bravo, México
  • Project Management: Daniel Bautista del Carmen
  • Collaborators: Fernando Vera Muñoz, Andrés Huesca Rangel, Hairo Salgado Dabbah, Everardo Jimenez Juárez
  • Construction: Arquitecto Antonio Díaz
  • Engineering: CP: Ing. Raúl Carmona Galindo
  • Bioclimatic Consulting: TAPHA: Alejandro Herrera, Marisa Egea
  • Lighting, Furniture Design and Site Management: AV Arquitectos
  • Area: 1090.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Moritz Bernoully

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully

Casa Lorenzo / Juan M. Otxotorena

  • Architects: Juan M. Otxotorena
  • Location: Gorráiz, Navarra, Spain
  • Collaborators architects: Gloria Herrera, Juan José Peralta
  • Quantity surveyors: Isabelino Río
  • Area: 446.2 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute

Naya / aoydesign

  • Architects: aoydesign
  • Location: Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Shigeo Aoyama, Yukiko Sumitani
  • Contractor: Nishimoto Builder
  • Structural Design : Masaki Structural laboratory
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of aoydesign

Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign Courtesy of aoydesign

AD Classics: The Dymaxion House / Buckminster Fuller

The Dymaxion House was a futuristic dwelling invented by the architect and practical philosopher R. Buckminister Fuller - who would have turned 118 today. The word “Dymaxion,” which combines the words dynamic, maximum and tension, was coined (among many others) by Fuller himself.

via model via © MoMA © The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller, via

House MY / Studio Za Arhitekturu

© Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler © Sandro Lendler

Turkish Parliament Passes Bill to Protect Historic Skylines

In an effort to protect Turkey’s historic skylines from uncontrolled urbanization, the Turkish Parliament has passed an amendment that would grant zoning authority to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization as well as set up an aesthetic architectural commission. 

More after the break...

Little Brick Studio / MAKE Architecture

  • Architects: MAKE Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Team: Melissa Bright, Bruce Rowe, Gillian Hatch, Shelley Freeman
  • Builder: 4AD Construction
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Erik Schlangen Proves the Potential of “Self-Healing Asphalt”

Imagine a pervious asphalt that not only significantly reduces noise pollution, but saves millions in maintenance and repairs by its ability to self-heal. Well, this type of super-asphalt is not far from being distributed world-wide as experimental micromechanic pioneer Erik Schlangen of Delft Technical University has been studying the material’s potential on a test track in The Netherland’s for the past few years.

Basically, with the introduction of small steel wool fibers, Self Healing Asphalt is capable of repairing micro-cracks and significantly extending the service life of roadways through induction heating. Similarly, Schlangen is leading the research on Self Healing Concrete, where by infusing concrete with a harmless limestone-producing bacteria that feeds off of calcium lactate - a component of milk - the material has the potential to self-heal micro-cracks in the presence of rainwater. 

Urban Hybrid Housing Winning Proposal / MVRDV

MVRDV was just announced by the city of Emmen, Switzerland as the winners of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block, which consist of 95 homes of 16 different types. Their urban hybrid development proposal combines characteristics of city dwelling – central location, privacy, underground parking – with the characteristics of suburban life: gardens, multilevel living and a neighborhood community.  Construction is expected to start in 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects: Tony Caro Architecture
  • Location: 2 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Design Team: Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
  • Landscape: FJMT
  • Area: 13097.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman

Tighthouse / Fabrica 718

  • Architects: Fabrica 718
  • Location: New York City, NY, USA
  • Architectural Designer: Fabrica 718
  • Architect of Record: Studio Cicetti Architect
  • Design Team: Julie Torres Moskovitz, team: Minyoung Song, Kim Letven, Michael Vanreusel, Natalya Egon, Corey Yurkovich, and Jade Yang
  • Structural Engineer: Anastos Engineering
  • Expediter: Schnall Consulting
  • Contractor: WM Dorvillier & Co
  • Passive House Engineer: ZeroEnergy Design
  • Area: 3200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hai Zhang

© Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang © Hai Zhang