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Call for Submissions: MONU Magazine’s #17 Issue – ‘Next Urbanism’

This new issue of MONU will explore how cities of the “Next Eleven” countries are already different and will be different in the future, from the cities of the “BRICs”, but also from the ones of the “MEDCs”- the more…

22 Oei Tiong Ham Park / AR43 Architects

© Albert Lim KS

Architects: AR43 Architects
Location: 22 OeiTiong Ham Park,
Design Team: Lim Cheng Kooi
Builder: Bestec
Construction: Pte Ltd
Site Area: 1,203 sqm
Photographer: Albert Lim KS

Music Park in Sevilla / Costa Fierros Arquitectos

© Pablo Díaz-Fierros

Architects: Costa Fierros Arquitectos - Sara Tavares Costa, Pablo Díaz-Fierros
Location: Barrio de la Música, Seville, Spain
Collaborators: David Breva, Paula Ferreira, Pedro Rito, David Ampe, Elena González,Rosario Alcantarilla, Sergio González, Cristina Rubiño, Alejandro Rodríguez
Structure: CATSOLI S.L.
Landscape: Ernesto Fernández San Martín, Sara Tavares Costa
Built Area: 32,487 sqm
Photographs: Pablo Díaz-Fierros

The House Box In Koukaki / Sofia Tsiraki

© Babis Louizidis

Location: , Greece
Consultant: Tassos Biris
Total surface: 250 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural engineers: Kostas Poluxronopoulos (Xroneas-Pagonis-Kinatos)
Mechanical engineers: George Christofilis
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Babis Louizidis, Sofia Tsiraki


C House / ES-arch

© Marcello Mariana

Architects: ES-arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto
Location: Madesimo,
Completion: 2011
Budget: 35,000 €
Area: 350 sqm
Project Team: Arch. Luca Trussoni, Arch. Vanessa Villa
Photographs: Marcello Mariana


Knoll Ridge Cafe / Harris Butt Architecture

© Sharon Mazey

Architects: Harris Butt Architecture Ltd. – Grant Harris
Location: Whakapapa Ski Field, Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park,
Design Team: Grant Harris, Ian Butt, Kerry Reyburn, Ben Brown
Completion: 2011
Building Size: 1,516 sqm
Photographs: Simon Devitt, Sharon Mazey

House in Megurohoncho / TORAFU ARCHITECTS

© Daici Ano

Location: Meguro, Tokyo,
Project area: 123,7 sqm
Site area: 109,8 sqm
Completion: 2011
Structural design: OHNO-JAPAN
Production: TSUKI-ZO
Facility design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
Photographs: Daici Ano

Orange County Votes to Preserve Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center

Orange County Government Center by © New York Times – Tony Cenicola

The votes are in! Elected officials have voted 11-10 against the resolution to demolish Paul Rudolph’s iconic Orange County Government Center in , New York. The long, intense debate on whether or not to keep and restore the 1970’s Brutalist building has added an immense amount of interest to an ever-growing discussion focused on the value of modern architecture.

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In Progress: MassArt Student Residence Hall / ADD Inc

© Paul Clemence

New York-based architectural photographer Paul Clemence has shared with us recent images and his thoughts on College of Art and Design’s new student residence hall that is being constructed in downtown Boston. The 21-story, $61 million building is planned for completion this year.

Boston is not particularly known as a destination for trendy, contemporary architecture; but some new buildings are beginning to change that perception. From Diller Scofidio Renfro’s Institute of Contemporary Art to Norman Foster’s new wing at The Museum of Fine Arts to the recently completed Renzo Piano addition to the beloved Gardner Museum, the city’s urbanscape is getting a much needed updating. And now, a soon to be finished bold new project by the firm ADD Inc is bringing a colorful twist to the mix. They are the designers behind the new MassArt Students Residence Hall.

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House Roces / Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo

© Tim Van de Velde

Architects: Govaert & Vanhoutte architectuurburo
Location: Bruges,
Principal Architects: Benny Govaert
Structural Engineering: Claeys Engineering Bvba
Contractor: Eddy De Mey Oostende
Client: Benny Govaert & Martine Neirynck
Total Floor Area: 532 sqm
Photographer: Tim Van de Velde


PointCrowd: RhinoScripting in Python

PointCrowd is a RhinoScripting workshop using the remarkably easy to learn Python programming language that is available in the upcoming release of 5. This three week mini-course will start with the basics of programming and move into the mathematics of space and ’s representation of geometry. The workshop is designed specifically for architects and designers with little or no programming experience or those interested in learning a new platform for expressing geometrical ideas algorithmically. Anyone with a good working knowledge of is welcome.

Workshop Topics:

Automation: Increase your efficiency by programming Rhino to complete tedious drawing and modeling tasks.
Optimization: Create a better design product by testing and improving your models against physical conditions like light and circulation.
Generative Design: Work through complex geometric ideas using simple Python scripts.

The class will also touch on topics such as scripting in Grasshopper and interfacing with other programs. Sessions will be held in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-10pm to fit into the schedule of working professionals. Register by May 7th to save $100. Please visit www.pointcrowd.com for details.

Video: Jan Gehl

One of the grandfathers of contemporary urban design theory, Jan Gehl has dedicated himself to making cities better places for people to live in for some fifty years. He has consulted in cities across the globe including London, New York, Auckland and of course where his architecture and urban design consultancy is based. Crane.tv sat down with Gehl to hear his thoughts on why Copenhagen is such a people-friendly metropolis and he tells us why his next project, Moscow, will be a true challenge.

Kastanienbaum Twin Houses / Lussi + Halter

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Lussi + Halter -Remo Halter,Thomas Lussi
Location: Kastanienbaum, Luzern,
Collaborators: Corina Kriener, Aldo Casanova
Built Area: 618 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Courtesy of RIBA

King’s College London – The Strand Quadrangle Competition

RIBA Competitions recently announced the launch of a new Invited Design Competition on behalf of King’s College London. Expressions of Interest are sought from architects or architectural practices for the redevelopment of the Quadrangle and its associated buildings at the…

Genius Loci / Bates Masi + Architects

© Michael Moran

Architects: Bates Masi+ Architects
Location: , NY,
Square Footage: 7,000 sqft
Builder: Davis Builders Inc.
Interior Design: Bates Masi + Architects w/ Victoria Pryor
Landscape Design: Bates Masi + Architects
Custom Furniture: Bates Masi + Architects
Structural Engineer: Steven L. Maresca
Photographs: Michael Moran


Courtesy of Zagreb Society of Architects

Think Space 2012 Programme: Past Forward Competition

Zagreb Society of Architects… just launched the new Think Space 2012 cycle of competitions with its annual theme, Past Forward. Devised by this year’s guest curator Adrian Lahoud, a former winner in the 2011 Borders Cycle, this programme cycle aims

House of Maple / Edward Suzuki Associates

© Yasuhiro Nukamura

Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates – Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: Karuizawa,
Completion: 2010
Site Area: 6,182.97 sqm
Ground Coverage: 512.00 sqm
Floor Areas: 1F 402.50 sqm, 2F 274.75 sqm
Total Floor Area: 677.25 sqm
Photographs: Yasuhiro Nukamura

New Housing for Researcher Workers / Praksis Architects

Courtesy of Praksis Architects

Praksis Architects recently won the competition for new housing for researcher workers in the old Carlsberg city in . On the occasion of brewer JC Jacobsen’s 200 year anniversary, the Carlsberg Foundation in 2011 announced an invited competition. The building of approx. 13 mill. euro will be located next to JC Jacobsen’s garden and the listed buildings, the Hanging Gardens and Mineral Factory as neighbors. The building of approx. 3,200 m2 must have 6 floors and contain 22 various types of apartments. The ground floor will contain and shopping facilities. More images and project description after the break.