Urban Development in the Bloomberg Years

High Line Aerial View, from West 30th Street, looking West toward the Empire State Building. © Iwan Baan

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  Ask any architect working in a such as NYC and they will likely describe the bureaucratic hassles of working with outdated zoning regulations and restrictive building codes.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 ’s planning policies on ’s urban development.

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Dadong Art Center / Cie + MAYU architects

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Architects: de Architekten Cie + MAYU architects
Location: Kaohsiung City,
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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yu-lin Chen, Guei-Shiang Ke

Downtown Project: A Community Driven Urban Plan for Las Vegas

Downtown ; Courtesy of Flickr user Time_Anchor

It began with the relocation of the Zappos Headquarters, now owned by Amazon, from its offices in Henderson, , 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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Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex / Kongats Architects

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Architects: Kongats Architects
Location: Toronto, Mississauga,
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
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shai Gill

Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde
Courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde

Lotus Dome / Studio Roosegaarde

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

Gallery of Minerals and Atelier / THREE.BALL.CASCADE.

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Location: Midori, Yokohama,
Design Team: Keiichi Tama, Syun Sano
Constructor: Kato Chu Komuten
Structure Engineer: Kozo Oshima
Area: 109.52 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of THREE.BALL.CASCADE. Architecture Design Office

House for Gudrun / Sven Matt

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Architects: Sven Matt
Location: Mellau, Vorarlberg,
Site Area: 300 sqm
Budget: € 170,000
Area: 90 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Björn Matt

Courtesy of RUA Arquitetos
Courtesy of RUA Arquitetos

Olympic Golf Course Clubhouse Proposal / RUA Arquitetos

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

Flor del Campo Educational Center / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa


Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa
Location: Bolívar, Antioquia,
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
Year: 2010
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Machi-House / UID Architects

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Architects: UID Architects
Location: Fukuyama, Hiroshima,
Design Team: Keisuke Maeda
Year: 2011
Area: 75.56 sqm
Site Area: 95.41 sqm
Total Floor Area: 138.23 sqm
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

Courtesy of Group8
Courtesy of Group8

Daegu Gosan Public Library Competition Entry / Group8

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

al4 _ 56 Social Housing VPO / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

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Architects: Burgos & Garrido arquitectos
Location: ,
Architects: Francisco Burgos & Ginés Garrido / BGAA
Collaborators: Javier Malo, Myriam López, Agustín Martín, Elena de las Moras
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 7,254.85 sqm
Photographs: Ángel Baltanás

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Courtesy of [Y/N] Studio
Courtesy of [Y/N] Studio

Lido Line Competition Entry / [Y/N] Studio

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

Chalet C7 / Nicolás del Río + Max Núñez

© Erieta Attali

Architects: Nicolás Del Río + Máx Núñez
Location: Portillo, , Valparaíso Region,
Architects: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez
Collaborators: Heloise Gailing
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Erieta Attali

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AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Best from last week, just in case you missed it. The main image belong to Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Amiens,  by Chartier-Corbasson Architects.Revisit the amazing Superkilen designed by Topotek 1 + BIG Architects + Superflex, a half a mile long urban space wedging through one of the most ethnically diverse and socially challenged neighborhoods in Denmark. Don’t miss Drents Museum, the winner of interior category at the Dutch Design Awards 2012 by Erick van Egeraat or CINiBA an interesting library in Katowice, Poland designed by HS99. Finally, check out Danial apartment in Tehran, Iran by Reza Sayadian + Sara Kalantary.

Yojisan / Dan Brunn Architecture

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Architect: Dan Brunn Architecture
Location: ,
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

Höweler + Yoon Architecture wins Audi Urban Future Award 2012

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:

Sunny Gymnasium / Tekhnê Architectes

© Renaud Araud

Architects: Tekhnê Architectes
Location: ,
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
Year: 2012
Photographs: Renaud Araud