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Olympiades District in Paris Exhibition

Going on now until March 31, the Olympiades, Paris exhibition at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal revisits the Olympiades district and its half century past rich in architectural thought, controversy, citizen debates and engagement at the heart of the city of Paris in general and the 13th arrondissement in particular. About 40 years after the construction of the first buildings, the historian and exhibition curator, Françoise Moiroux, explores the urban, political and social elements of vertical urban planning and platform architecture through the prism of the Olympiades area. More information after the break.

WFH House / Arcgency

  • Architects: Arcgency
  • Location: Wuxi, China
  • Manufacter: worldFLEXhome. (Nordisk Staal).
  • Client: worldFLEXhome
  • Structural Engineer: Sloth Møller
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jens Markus Lindhe

© Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe © Jens Markus Lindhe

Floradas House / Obra Arquitetos

  • Arquitetos:
  • Localização: São José dos Campos
  • Architect In Charge: João Paulo Daolio
  • Collaborator: Thiago Natal Duarte
  • Contractor And Other Projects: Truzzi Engenharia, Antonio Carlos Alves, Fábio Alves
  • Ano Do Projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Rafael P. Schimidt

© Rafael P. Schimidt © Rafael P. Schimidt © Rafael P. Schimidt © Rafael P. Schimidt

Introverted House / XPIRAL

  • Architects: XPIRAL
  • Location: 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Javier Peña Galiano
  • Design Team: Maren Kläschen (Design Phase and Basic Project) Javier Jimenez (Design Phase), Malte Eglinger (Project and Execution)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: David Frutos | Bis Images

© David Frutos | Bis Images © David Frutos | Bis Images © David Frutos | Bis Images © David Frutos | Bis Images

Enterprise Park in Arte Sacro / Suárez Santas Arquitectos

  • Architects: Suárez Santas Arquitectos
  • Location: Av. Ingeniería, s/n Sevilla 41091, Spain
  • Design Team: Asier Santas Torres, Luis Suárez Mansilla
  • Client: Sevilla Global. Ayuntamiento de Sevilla
  • Area: 19970.0 sqm
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Luis Asín Lapique

© Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique © Luis Asín Lapique

Hypernuit Offices / h2o architectes

  • Architects: h2o architectes
  • Location: 72 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018 Paris, France
  • Area: 65.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Julien Attard

© Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard © Julien Attard

Wisnu & Ndari House / djuhara + djuhara

  • Architects: djuhara + djuhara
  • Location: Bekasi, Indonesia
  • Architect In Charge: Ahmad Djuhara
  • Contractors: Eduard Sirait, Alex Gandung, Andi Linardi, Ujang, Nurhayat, Supri
  • Area: 215.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: djuhara + djuhara

© djuhara + djuhara © djuhara + djuhara © djuhara + djuhara © djuhara + djuhara

Gensler Designs New Silicon Valley Headquarters for Nvidia

Silicon Valley visual-computing pioneer Nvidia has joined the expanding list of tech moguls seeking to transform their work environment into the physical manifestation of their innovative business model. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has released the first schematic renderings - designed by Gensler’s San Francisco office - that depict a pair of 250,000 square foot triangular motherships centered around collaboration - a complete contrast to the typical, dated office building commonly found throughout Silicon Valley’s “oddly banal” landscape.

More after the break...

Årstafältet Housing Proposal / GRAD Arkitekter

GRAD Arkitekter shared with us their proposal for a housing block in the now unbuilt area of Årstafältet, a southern suburb of Stockholm. Once finished, this area will house approximately 10,000 inhabitants. To secure this variation, the city proposes that each block is divided in two halves, with a team of a contractor and an architecture team responsible for every half.  The basic design principle of their block is to shift and tilt four buildings in relation to one another, to create interesting views and a good flow of natural light. More images and architects' description after the break.

Museum Bebeleche / Vásquez Del Mercado Arquitectos

  • Architects: Vásquez Del Mercado Arquitectos
  • Location: Durango, Mexico
  • Architect In Charge: Jorge Vázquez del Mercado
  • Collaborators: Oscar Sanginés, Eduardo Hernández Guerrero, Valeria González
  • Structural Engineering: Francisco Hernández Corres
  • General Contractor: Santiago Cardosa Nevares
  • Client: State of Durango
  • Area: 87726.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

Farmiloe Building Redevelopment / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Known for their conservation and creative re-use of historic buildings, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been appointed to develop the Farmiloe Building, a landmark Victorian building in the heart of London’s Clerkenwell. They will now draw up plans to transform the 40,000 sq ft building into a commercial development that is in keeping with one of the capital’s most vibrant areas, which also includes a new building that will substantially increase the amount of commercial space. These changes will help in making a significant architectural addition to St. John Street. More images and architects' description after the break.

San Francisco's Zero Waste Successes

The "Pit" in San Francisco © Walter Parenteau
The "Pit" in San Francisco © Walter Parenteau

Approaching zero-waste is a matter of changing the way our culture thinks about use and reuse.  It's not an impossible task, and San Francisco is leading the march to establish a feasible means of enacting public policy, structuring programs and educating the public on what it means to be "zero-waste".  With a goal set for 2020, SF hopes to keep 100% of its waste out of landfills.  Mayor Ed Lee estimates that the leading waste management company "Recology" is diverting nearly 80% of trash from landfills to be recycled or turned into compost.  This begins with a public policy that sets a standard and gains traction as citizens embrace the goals of the city.  Support programs reinforce these guidelines that eventually become habits and a cultural response to treating our environment.

Read on after the break for more on San Francisco's road to "zero-waste".

Hong Kong Institute of Design / CAAU

  • Architects: CAAU
  • Location: 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
  • Project Leaders: Thomas Coldefy, Isabel van Haute
  • Associate Architects: P & T Group Hong-Kong
  • Area: 42000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone

Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall / Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim

  • Architects: Yeonghwan Lim + Sunhyun Kim
  • Location: Namsan Park, Seoul, Korea
  • Architect In Charge: Young Lim, Sun Kim
  • Project Team: Sunyoung Hwang, Jihwan Kim, Seokwon Lee, Kyungtae Park, Hojun Song
  • Client: The Building Council of Ahn Jung-Geun Memorial
  • Area: 1185.02 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Youngchae Park

© Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park © Youngchae Park

Casa Cabeço / MSB arquitectos

  • Architects: MSB arquitectos
  • Location: Santana, Madeira, Portugal
  • Design Team: Michael Malaguerra, Susana Jesus, Bruno Martins, Hugo Aires
  • Area: 238.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: MSB arquitectos

© MSB arquitectos © MSB arquitectos © MSB arquitectos © MSB arquitectos

Binissalem School Complex / RIPOLLTIZON

© José Hevia
© José Hevia
  • Architects: RIPOLLTIZON
  • Location: Camí de Pedaç, 8, 07350 Binissalem, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Architect In Charge: Pep Ripoll - Juan Miguel Tizón
  • Collaborators: Xisco Sevilla
  • Area: 3166.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia

'Tearing the Ground' YAP Istanbul Modern Proposal / ONZ Architects

ONZ Architects' ‘Tearing the Ground’ proposal was recently awarded as one of the five finalists in the Istanbul Modern YAP 2013. Their design consists of a contemporary interpretation of a flying carpet constructed with reused plastic units, made of marine litter. The project team tears the ground and lifts up this carpet and puts it in the air with everything it conceals. Thus, the plastic waste produced by the city becomes the main material for the installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Refurbishing America's Shopping Mall

One thing about a recession is that it accelerates the demise of dying trends and struggling establishments. In this case, it is America’s beloved shopping malls, which have been slowly in decline since its peak popularity in 1990. Now, in the wake of the 2008 economic catastrophe, American cities are riddled with these abandoned shopping meccas, from the mall to big box stores and shopping strips, whose oversize parking lots are equally as useless as the spaces themselves. The question is, how can we effectively repurpose these spaces?

A perfect example after the break...