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Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

  • Architects: Daipu Architects
  • Location: Song Zhuang, Mentougou Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Design Team: Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He

AD College Guide: InSB, Integrated School of Building

The ongoing struggles in the world’s economies has produced several innovations in the field of Architecture. One important change has been for professionals and students to seek more interdisciplinary skills that better prepare them for these inevitable economic shifts. Schools have responded in kind, defining those skills in either intellectual, analytical terms (i.e. teaching students how to better critically analyze situations while eschewing superficial “theoretical” approaches) while other schools have emphasized a more practical approach.

InSB exemplifies the latter: a program that combines all aspects of AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) into a single curriculum for both undergraduates and graduates. Founded by Tabitha Ponte and co-founder Arturo Vasquez, the school has an ambitious mission: to offer a truly integrated AEC education that is tuition-free.

Conflict of Interests Symposia

Columbia University's GSAPP Applied Architecture Research program will be holding their Conflict of Interests event on Friday, April 16th from 2:00pm-6:00pm, which will be organized as a series of conversations—five distinctive panels—discussing the limits of applied research in contemporary practices and academia. This event will be the first in a series of symposia investigating the role of applied research in architecture. Nestled in an intersection between practice and theory, applied architectural research can potentially work as a space for overlap and negotiation. This event will formally make explicit the opportunities for architectural research to bridge the gap between the archive and the laboratory. For more information, please visit here.

Housing Neufrankengasse / EM2N

© Simon Menges
© Simon Menges
  • Architects: EM2N
  • Location: Zürich, Switzerland
  • Project leader: Gerry Schwyter, David Duca, Raul Mera
  • Project team: Fabian Hörmann, Florian Kaiser, Martin Schriener, Elena Schwarz, Caroline Vogel
  • Partners: Mathias Müller, Daniel Niggli
  • Area: 5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Simon Menges

© Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges © Simon Menges

University Campus of Segovia / Ricardo Sánchez González + José Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez

  • Architects: Ricardo Sánchez González, José Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez
  • Location: Calle Coronel Rexach, 1, 40004 Segovia, Spain
  • Architect in Charge: Ricardo Sánchez González, José Ignacio Linazasoro Rodríguez
  • Design Team: Hugo Sebastián de Erice Navarrete, Sergi Artola Dols, Rafael Rodríguez Merino
  • Area: 18500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Mirror Ball / Y. Architectes

© Brice Robert
© Brice Robert
  • Architects: Y. Architectes
  • Location: Saint Priest, Rhône, France
  • Architect in Charge: Yann Fontaine, Yann Drossart, Corinne Drossart
  • Area: 179.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Brice Robert

© Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert © Brice Robert

The Indicator: Ipso Facto

It is a building, a building in New York City, a building erected in the dust of 9/11, a building that upon completion signaled hope for larger reconstructions, a building that presents itself to the world through the intricate patina and pocking of white bronze. White bronze. This alone conjures something alchemic, ancient, timeless. 

But buildings are not timeless. They have their time. As architects we memorialize each one that resonates with the thoughtfulness of capital “A” architecture—in part because we understand what it takes to realize them. 

Despite this, the Tod Williams and Billie Tsien-designed American Folk Art Museum may ultimately be doomed to the brutal translations of administrative efficiency, cruel syllogisms, that as Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of MoMA's architecture and design department notes, are “painful.” 

Critics React to Folk Art Museum’s Imminent Demolition

Just as designers have reacted to the death sentence of Ted Williams and Billie Tsien's American Folk Art Museum building, forming petitions and a tumblr (crowdsourcing designs that integrate the building with the MoMA's existing facilities), architecture critics have also been wielding their weapon - words - and entering the fray.  

Most critics have responded with outrage (it's "nothing less than cultural vandalism" says Martin Filler), denouncing MoMA's prioritization of corporate needs over cultural value. However, a few are actually defending MoMA's decision, saying the building was never ideal for displaying art anyway. See a round-up of all the opinions - from Davidson to Goldberger - after the break...

Country House at El Cobijo-San Vicente De La Sonsierra / Blur Arquitectura

  • Architects: Blur Arquitectura
  • Location: San Vicente De La Sonsierra
  • Architect in Charge: Alex Borrás, Enric Farrerons, Octavio Pérez
  • Engineers: Protec Ingenieros Sl
  • Construction: Construcciones El Caserio Sa
  • Collaborators: Enric Guivernau, Julia Pons
  • Area: 30207.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photography: Berta Buzunariz

© Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz © Berta Buzunariz

William Pedersen Honored with 2013 AIANY Medal of Honor

With a strong passion for successfully integrating tall buildings into their surrounding communities, William Pedersen, FAIA, FAAR has played a significant role as founding design partner in transforming Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) into an international powerhouse, whose diverse portfolio is executed by over 600 staff members in six global offices. 

In honor of his undeniable success, the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced Pedersen as recipient of the 2013 AIANY Medal of Honor during  a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Wednesday.

More information and an interview with William Pedersen after the break...

Can Lluís i n'Eulàlia / TEd'A Arquitectes

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International Criminal Court Ground-Breaking / schmidt hammer lassen architects

Upon winning the competition in 2010, schmidt hammer lassen architects just celebrated the ground-breaking ceremony for the International Criminal Court (ICC) this past Tuesday in The Hague, The Netherlands. Aiming to convey hope, trust and faith in justice, the 54,500 square meter building complex will be the first permanent premises of the unique, international institution. The permanent premises of the International Criminal Court will be finished in the summer of 2015. More images and architects' description after the break.

Gull / Alfredo Resende Arquitectos

© Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves © Luis Ferreira Alves

Santiago Calatrava Again Faces "Leaky" Charges

The architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava has once again made the headlines of Spanish papers - and, once again, for less than favorable reasons.

Calatrava's latest controversy is a lawsuit filed against him by the famous Bodegas Domecq winery, property of the Ysios Laguardia in Rioja, Spain. Both the Valencian architect as well as those involved in the winery's construction are being asked to pay two million euros to the winery, a sum that should help cover a renovation as well as the costs the winery has incurred over the last two years fixing the structure's leaky roof. The owner claims that the leaks have been creating a damp atmosphere (in a building where moisture control is critical for the quality of the wine) and thus damaging his business.

SYN City Exhibition

SYN City, a postgraduate research & design unit at UCACanterbury School of Architecture, will be putting on an expo at the Doodle Bar London on April 26 at 6:00pm. Architects and guests have been invited and are attending from London including Foster & Partners, Charles Holland of FAT architects and Will Alsop. In 2012/13, Ashford in Kent has been the studio's testbed to explore the dialectical and contested nature of the contemporary city. By focusing on one exemplary context, specific and at the same time, typical and paradigmatic urban conditions are addressed. For more information, please visit here.

Belvedere / MOVEDESIGN

  • Architects: MOVEDESIGN
  • Location: Nagasaki, Japan
  • Architect in Charge: Mikio Sakamoto
  • Area: 148.83 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Yosuke Harigane

© Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane © Yosuke Harigane

Fisherman's House / ELASTICO + Cesario Carena

  • Architects: ELASTICO, Cesario Carena
  • Location: Asti, Italy
  • Design Team: Simone Carena, Stefano Pujatti, Cesario Carena, Francisco Del Gado, Manuela Luis y Garcia, Luca Macrì, Davide Musmeci, Ester Musso, Cristina Negri, Giovanni Tironi
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Pino Dell'Aquila

© Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila © Pino Dell'Aquila