Villa Jian / CU Office

© Brando Posocco

Architects: CU Office
Location: , Shandong, China
Architect In Charge: Che Fei, Zhang Xuefeng
Design Team: Zhao Chao, Li Huihui, Zhang Xin, Cui Jingyi, Zeng Yilan, Chang Yue
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Brando Posocco

World Architecture Festival: Last chance to submit your projects

Now in its fifth year, the World Architecture Festival moves from to Singapore (October 3rd-5th). And for this year, we are happy to announce ArchDaily as a media partner, and as part of the jury!

The architecturally intense event includes the awards and a festival gallery, with more than 700 entries from around the world in 30 categories, accompanied by live presentations from the finalists, a seminar and keynotes with renowned international architects. In these, and other activities (full summary), you will be able to exchange ideas with over 2,000 architects representing more than 65 countries, broaden your horizons and your contacts book.

Last day to submit your entries is June 30th, 2012.

Any projects completed between 1 January 2011 – 30 June 2012 can be entered or if you don’t have a completed project you can enter any future projects you have on the drawing board.

Learn more about the conference rates, and details on how to submit your projects.

We have a special discount for our readers, more information after the break:

Williams Tsien and Davis Brody Bond selected for new U.S. Embassy in Mexico City

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has announced the selection of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Davis Brody Bond to design the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in City, . After an intense round of presentations and interviews, the duo was selected from a talented shortlist of nine architectural/engineering teams. As reported on the Latin American Herald Tribune, the jury believed that “their portfolio of work is compatible to the local culture and shows sensitivity that highlights their connection to the character of the site.”

The project is the first solicited under OBO’s Design Excellence program. It will embody a holistic approach that values the balance of aesthetics, cost, constructability and reliability. The design phase is expected to take place over the next 20 months and a construction contract is expected to be awarded in 2015.

Reference: Latin America Herald Tribune

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

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Just in case you missed any, here’s our selection of best projects of the week. Check out the dwellings Eco Modern Flats by Modus Studio. London 2012 Olympics is right around the corner, so don’t miss The Olympic Shooting Venue by Magma Architecture. Also you can see the 71 council and private flats in Sète by CFA or House in the Mountains designed by Italian firm GEZA. Finally,Teruel-zilla, a new urban topography for Teruel, by Mi5 Arquitectos and PKMN[pacman].

America Revealed: Nation on the Move

Yul Kwon of travels coast to coast to reveal how America’s transportation systems make the nation the most mobile place on earth. Woven together by 200,000 miles of railways, 5,000 airports and 4 million miles of roads, America’s car culture has shaped our cities and defined our lifestyles. However, as roadways become more congested, many predict people will eventually give up this car-centric lifestyle and embrace mass transit. Recently we announced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s selection of Gruen Associates and Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in Los Angeles. Their winning proposal gives a hint of what America may look like by 2050, as it transforms into a more mass transit centered nation.

The video above is a clip of the in-depth PBS video America Revealed: Nation on the Move. Watch the entire PBS documentary here.

Centre for Virtual Engineering / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: , Germany
Design Team: Ben van Berkel
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Christian Richters

‘Stairway Cinema’ Installation / OH.NO.SUMO

© Simon Devitt & Oh.No.Sumo

Designed by OH.NO.SUMO, the ‘Stairway Cinema’ installation experiments with architecture and the way it can engage with the public in unique and exciting ways. This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. Located at the busy pedestrian intersection of two inner city streets in Auckland, , the installation offers a very simple programmatic response to recognize and counter the issue of how a community must be linked not only virtually but also physically. More images and architects’ description after the break.

© Jeff Baxter
© Jeff Baxter

‘Fantastic Trailer’ Pavilion / Cheryl Baxter

The Fantastic Trailer, designed by Cheryl Baxter…, is a mobile pavilion aimed at being a delightful experience as the interruption of columns and seating areas force the architecture into the conversation, setting the stage for engaging social experience. Developed

© Chris Shusta
© Chris Shusta

Badel Block Complex Proposal / Popular Architecture

The design proposal of the Badel Block Complex by Popular Architecture… is a combination of polyvalent and stable, both a massing inviting interpretation and detailed development by others, and an anchor seeking to re-channel the site’s positive qualities. Conceptually, the

Phos Restaurant in Mykonos Town / LM Architects

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Architects: LM Architects
Location: , Greece
Design Team: Mariza Aggelidi, Lila Galata, Ariadni Kafetzi, Bettina Velliou
Proyect Year: 2012
Photographs: Vangelis Paterakis

New Korea Hydro Nuclear Power Headquarters / H Architecture

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This city of Gyeongju in is going to accommodate a new headquarters for the Korea Hydro Nuclear Power (KHNP) Company, one of the nation’s most advanced energy institutions. Designed by H Architecture, the project is to be built on the site surrounded by rich historical heritage and is required to represent KHNP’s dynamic pursuit to purvey the world’s cleanest and safest methods of producing energy. Alongside the historical context, the new KHNP headquarters must also consider the rural, mountainous landscape of the site, which lies low at the center surrounded by adjacent small mountains. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Housing Units in Salburúa / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Location: Bulevar de Salburua, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
Design Team: Roberto Ercilla, Miguel Angel Campo
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 27,715 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Design Competition for Russian Artist Residence and Community

via Никола-Ленивец

Archpolis, a non-profit organization for architects, designers, artists and the performing arts, has invited architects and planners to submit their qualifications for the first stage of a design competition in Nikola-Lenivets Park in the Kaluga Region of . Fifteen finalists will be chosen for the second stage of the competition with the objective to provide a conceptual design of a residential complex for artist in residence, along with a master plan and zoning details for the surrounding area.

Continue after the break to learn more.

Video: Luis Barragán

Born in Guadalajara, , Luis Barragán was a formally trained engineer and self-trained architect. He is known for his emphasis on color, light, shadow, form and texture. In 1980 he received the profession’s highest honor – the Pritzker Prize. This video gives a brief overview of the prominent Mexican architect and his work.

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House in La Morena / M2arquitectura SCP

© José Hevia Blach

Architects: M2arquitectura SCP – Meritxell Lázaro & Mischa Essletzbichler
Location: La Morena del Montsant, Tarragona, 
Completion: 2010
Photographs: José Hevia Blach

   

Video: KAIT (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) by Junya Ishigami + Associates

Above is a video by , an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the KAIT (Kanagawa Institute of Technology) by Junya Ishigami + Associates. The video is part of a new collection of architecture movies about Japanese architecture. With the relaxing and calming music in the background, you are able to place yourself in the amazing studio and workspace where students get to spend their days designing.

modeLab Parametric Design Workshop

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Studio Mode / modeLab is putting on a two-day intensive parametric design workshop July 7-8 which will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and essential skills necessary for effectively designing with Grasshopper for Rhinoceros. In a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment, participants will explore concepts such as object attributes/parameters, data types, data structures, composing algorithms, as well as the creation and manipulation of computational geometry through parametric modeling interfaces. workshop curriculum will additionally cover techniques for Ccntrolling the flow of data via functions, conditional statements/logical gates, sampling data, and user interface objects. For more information, please visit here.

Courtesy of reSET Architecture
Courtesy of reSET Architecture

Klaksvik City Center Proposal / reSET Architecture

The proposal by reSET Architecture… for the Klaksvík city center unites the two town halves and acts as a place of meeting, relaxation and celebration. Their design creates a place that represents the new born heart of Klaksvík. The architects