AD Round Up: Libraries Part X

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For today’s AD Round Up we have our 10th selection of previously featured libraries. Watch the Hercules Public Library in by Will Bruder + PARTNERS. Check out The Bloor by RDH Architects, a renovation and addition to a listed heritage library in downtown Toronto or Bolles+Wilson’s New City Library in the Netherlands. Revisit, Arabian Library in Arizona by  richärd+bauer. Finally, you can’t miss one of our AD Classics, the Sendai Mediatheque design by japanese architect Toyo Ito.

MUL:7691 / VOID Inc.

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Architects: VOID Inc.
Location: , California, USA
Project Area: 5,800 sq ft
Photographs: Arshia Mahmoodi, Imeh Akpanudosen, Marc Angeles

Retreat in the South-Indian Countryside / Mancini

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Architects: Mancini
Location: South
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: mancini enterprises

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Venice Biennale 2012: ‘Freeland’ and ‘Porous City’ / MVRDV + the why factory

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By invitation of Director David Chipperfield, MVRDV and The Why Factory will participate in the 2012 Venice Biennale. The main contribution consists of the collaborative project ‘Freeland’ forming part of the single exhibition in the Central Pavilion at the Giardini. Further contribution is made by Winy Maas and The Why Factory with ‘Porous City’ to the EU CITY Program, initiated by the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP) representing Europe for the first time at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

More details on the two exhibitions after the break.

“99% Invisible” Blows Kickstarter Goal Out of the Water

, A tiny radio show about design, architecture & the activity that shapes our world.

99% Invisible is, by far, our favorite radio show on architecture and design. Although, granted, there aren’t that many. As Roman Mars, the show’s host and producer, admits: ”since these are disciplines usually appreciated through the eye, you might be thinking: well, that’s the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. Fair enough. It turns out [though], I don’t need pictures to talk about design, [...] I like making stories that tell us about who we are through the lens of the things we build.”

Despite being an auditory medium (and a low-budget project, sponsored by KALW and AIA San Francisco, but produced in Mars’ garage), the show works because it gets to the heart of any design project: its story.

Well, it turns out we’re not the only ones into Mars’ quirky approach (Aside: if you are too, stay tuned, we’ll be interviewing him for our Disruptive Minds series next week). After launching a modest Kickstarter campaign to help offset costs, a goal promptly smashed in 24 hours, Mars upped the ante. But not to a price tag. Rather, he wanted a show of support. 5,000 backers.

The results for this little-show-that-could were nothing short of extraordinary.

Read More about 99% Invisible’s Kickstarter Campaign, including the very cool design prizes that went with it, after the break…

On Building: Matter and Form / Josep Lluís Mateo

Josep Lluís Mateo is one of ’s-and Europe’s-most prolific and visible architects. Mateo has designed corporate headquarters, housing units, office blocks and hotels throughout Western Europe, and has also renovated urban centers in Gerona () and Castelo Branco (). this volume looks back at nearly 30 years of Mateo’s built structures, as portrayed by the architectural photographer Adrià Goula. As well as buildings from the 80s and 90s, it also looks at his most important projects of the past few years, from the Banc Sabadell Headquarters renovation (2004) and the Factory office building in Boulogne-Billancourt, France (2010) to the PGGM Headquarters in Zeist, Holland (2011) and the Catalonian Film Theater in Barcelona (2011). Interspersed among Goula’s photographs are Mateo’s observations and musings on architecture.

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Venice Biennale 2012: Nordic Pavilion

Anttila Oiva Architects © Museum of Finnish Architecture and Ilari Järvinen

In celebration of the Nordic Pavilion’s fiftieth anniversary, thirty-two architects born after the year 1962 have been invited to present a model of a conceptual “house” that reflects their personal philosophy of architecture at the 2012 Venice Biennale exhibition “Light Houses: On the Nordic Common Ground”. Eleven architects from and Sweden, along with ten architects from will each respond to the sobering economic constraints and diminishing environmental resources that challenge architects today.

Contemporary Nordic architectural culture offers both exemplary approaches and significant constructed works addressing these challenging circumstances. The classic hallmarks of Nordic architecture – simplified form, frugal use of materials and sensitive treatment of daylight and the natural setting – embody the basic principles of responsible, sustainable architecture.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Louver Haus / Smart Architecture

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Architects: Smart Architecture
Location: Susung-gu, ,
Architect In Charge: Gun-cheol, Sung-hoon
Project Year: 2012
Project Area: 400 sqm
Photographs: Jung-sik

The Connor Group Headquarters / Moody Nolan

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Located adjacent to the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Springboro, , the new headquarters for The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm, The Connor Group, will serve as an iconic statement for their brand. The firm came to Moody Nolan to design a world-class headquarters facility which capitalizes on the newest technologies and environmental planning ideas for the progressive company. T he nine-acre site will accommodate the new headquarters and is mastered planned for a future 10,000 square feet aircraft hanger. The two-story building will enclose approximately 39,000 square feet in its initial development with a planning addition of another. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Transparency Project / Perkins + Will

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Everyday, Americans all over the country go to work. They get in their cars, arrive at the office, and sit inside. Then, they go home, maybe watch some TV, and go to bed. 5 days a week. About 50 weeks a year.

Our built environment is where we now spend about 90% of our time. Unluckily for us, however, a recent Forbes article suggests that, most of the time, indoor air quality is actually worse than outdoor, to the point where it’s potentially hazardous: “paint, carpet, countertops, dry wall, you name it and chances are it’s got some sort of toxic ingredient.”

And yet we have little way of knowing just how bad our building’s “ingredients” are for us. Until now.

Perkins+Will has been busy making lists of harmful substances, and their side effects, found in commonly used building materials. Just last week, they released a report tackling one such “toxin”: asthmagens, affecting over 23 million Americans (including 7.1. million children).

The forward-thinking firm is on the cutting-edge of a movement, instigated by clients and fast taking over the architecture world – towards “healthy” buildings (inside and out).

Read more about Perkins+Will’s revolutionary Transparency Project, after the break…

Nursery “Les Parellades” / Pich‐Aguilera Architects

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Architects: Pich‐Aguilera Architects
Location: , Barcelona,
Authors: Felip Pich-Aguilera Baurier
Project Director: Ute Muncheberg
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 499.9 sqm
Photographs: Simón García

Update: ABI July

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In continuing our coverage of the , we share this past month’s score of 48.7   While such a mark still falls in negative territory (any score under 50 indicates a decline in billings), July’s activity was a considerable jump from June’s meager 45.9.   And, even better, July’s new projects inquiry index moved up almost two full points to 56.3.  Regionally, the South is surprisingly leading the averages with 52.7, followed by the Midwest with 46.7, the West with 45.3, and lastly, the Northeast region capping out at 44.3.  In terms of the sector breakdown, multi-family residential remains strong with 51.4 followed by commercial/industrial projects and institutional projects.  AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA, explained, “Even though architecture firm billings nationally were down again in July, the downturn moderated substantially.  As long as overall economic conditions continue to show improvement, modest declines should shift over to  growth in design activity over the coming months.”

Hopefully, we can hold on to this slight momentum upward and push toward higher numbers as we approach the Fall.

House for Kika and Xisco / Duch-Pizá Architects

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Architects
Location: , Balearic Islands,
Architect In Charge: A.Arqué, C.Branna
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

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Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

2012 Chicago Prize Competition: Future Prentice

The Chicago Architectural Club, along with its partner, the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, just announced the 2012 Chicago Prize Competition: Future Prentice. The competition is intended to act as a platform for public debate about the…

Hurst House / John Pardey Architects + Ström Architects

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Architects: John Pardey Architects + Ström Architects
Location: , UK
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Andy Matthews, Andy Stagg

2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition

2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition

With the theme of “Rediscover the Future,” the 2013 Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition… is calling aspiring young design professionals to produce an iconic super-tall for Amman, Jordan (collegiate) and Chicago, IL (high school). The programmatic target is a design

DT House / Jorge Graca Costa

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Architects: Jorge Graca Costa
Location: , Portugal
Photographs: FG + SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Sisli Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex Winning Proposal / Kolektif Mimarlar

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The first prize winning proposal for the Halide Edip Adivar Mosque and Social Complex is an objection to the continuing entegrist attitude-action which is mostly validated on mosque design and kept popular in media of . Designed by Kolektif Mimarlar, one of the main ideas of the design is to produce a well integrated structure with its surrounding and the nearby dwellers, where additional functions to the mosque can take place. More images and architects’ description after the break.