Urban planning is delicately intertwined with government. As much as architects and designers try to avoid the overwrought laws and codes and prescriptive government policies that guide the construction and development of the urban landscape, they are very much a shaping force in cities such as New York. Ask any architect working in a such as NYC and they will likely describe the bureaucratic hassles of working with outdated zoning regulations and restrictive building codes. In this NPR segment Leonard Lopate interviews New York Magazine’s architecture critic Justin Davidson to discusses the impact of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s planning policies on New York City’s urban development.
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Architects: de Architekten Cie + MAYU architects
Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Structural Engineer: Arup Amsterdam + Tien-Hun Engineering Consultant Inc.
Acoustics Consultant: Peutz & Associates + Gade & Mortensen Akustikk + Prof. Wei-Hwa Chiang NTUST
Environment Technology Consultant: Hander Engineering & Construction Inc. + I. S. Lin & Associates
Area: 36,470 sqm
Photographs: Yu-lin Chen, Guei-Shiang Ke
It began with the relocation of the Zappos Headquarters, now owned by Amazon, from its offices in Henderson, Nevada, to the former city hall in downtown Las Vegas: an idea to transform the struggling part of downtown Las Vegas into a vibrant community with economic opportunities for young professionals along with an incentive for a variety of companies to build their foundations providing jobs and income for the city. Despite America’s association with the Las Vegas strip, the downtown has a metro area dominated by unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Zappos CEO Tony Hseih saw this area, filled with vacant lots, liquor stores and motels, as an opportunity to develop something new and enriched that could foster an economy, bring young professionals and inspire natural growth of community and industry. Hseih’s Downtown Project aims to develop a community by listening to what people want and need from their physical environment, that is also dense, diverse and inspires economic growth.
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Architects: Kongats Architects
Location: Toronto, Mississauga, Canada
Project Architect: Alar Kongats
Project Manager: Danielle Lam-Kulczak
Design Team: Philip Toms, David Sasaki, Sukie Leung, Alessia Sopplesa, Dieter Janssen, Andrea Ling, Tyler Walker, Derek McCallum, Eric Van Ziffle
Structural: Halsall Associates Limited
M & E: Crossey Engineering Ltd.
Client: University of Toronto
Area: 6,000 sqm
Photographs: Shai Gill
The interactive artwork ‘Lotus Dome’, by artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde…, was opened in Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France. The project, which will be on view until January 13, 2013, is a living dome
RUA Arquitetos… shared with us their design for the Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse in Rio de Janeiro which is organized like a comfortable veranda, dissolving the limits between the landscape, the building, and the users. As Rio citizens, the architects wanted
Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa
Location: Bolívar, Antioquia, Colombia
Collaborators: Rocío Lamprea, Jairo Ovalle, María Alejandra Pérez, Fredy Pantoja, Andrés Sarmiento, Juliana Angarita, Marcela de la Hoz
Promotor: Ministerio de Educación y FONADE
Contractor: Consorcio Barrancabermeja
Client: Secretaria de Educación del Distrito de Cartagena de Indias DT y C
Area: 6,168 sqm
Photographs: Cristobal Palma
Designed as a social landmark, the proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library by Group8… is to be seen as an open entity, welcoming and willing to share its content. Located in a district with high educational standards, the library
Designed for the Landscape Institute Ideas Competition for a ‘Highline for London’, the Lido Line proposal is a clean, safe ‘basin’ in which to swim. Designed by [Y/N] Studio…, the project flips the Regents Canal back to its original
Architect: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: Beverly Hills, California
General Contractor: Ken Nishio of Tokyo Construction, Inc.
Graphics / Logo: Julie Priceman of 6 Degrees LA
Audio Video: Jon Komen of Swayd Systems
Exterior Sign: Ruben Cielak of Tako Tyko
Chairs: Crassevig Srl
Custom table fabrication: Global Source Industries, Inc.
Bathroom tile: Iris Ceramica
Bathroom plumbing: Duravit & Toto
Counters: CaesarStone USA
Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon of Höweler + Yoon Architecture have been announced as winners of the Audi Urban Future Award 2012, an international architecture competition focused on the future of urban mobility in the five metropolitan regions Boston/Washington, Istanbul, Mumbai, Pearl River Delta, and São Paulo. With “Shareway”, the Boston firm’s winning proposal called for the reinvention of the Boston-Washington, D.C., metropolitan region called “Boswash”.
Höweler+Yoon Architecture was one of the five architectural offices that were selected for the competition. Other participating firms were Superpool (Istanbul), CRIT (Mumbai), Node Architecture & Urbanism (Pearl River Delta), and Urban-Think Tank (São Paulo).
We had the chance to interview the practices and ask them about the role of the architect in our society. We also talked to Eric Höweler about this project during the awards ceremony, video coming soon.
Project Description by Höweler+Yoon Architecture:
Architects: Tekhnê Architectes
Location: Lyon, France
Building Services Engineers: Astrius
Structural Timber Engineers: Arborescence
Structural Concrete Engineers: DPI
Acoustics Engineers: EAI
Building Environmental Quality Engineers: eEgénie
Construction Economist: Denizou
Area: 1,747 sqm
Photographs: Renaud Araud