House in Jalisco / Alfonso Farias Iglesias

© Carlos Diaz Corona

Architects: Alfonso Farias Iglesias
Location: Zapopan, ,
Completion: 2011
Constructed area: 185 sqm
Photographs: Carlos Diaz Corona

  

Courtesy of Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D’Appolonia, Doro Dietz

“Living the City in the City” / Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi + Margherita Del Grosso + Openfabric

The project “Living in the City in the City” by the team composed by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi (architecture), Margherita Del Grosso (architecture), Openfabric (landscape), Marco Manzitti (urban marketing), Buro Happold (energy and environmental strategies), D’Appolonia …

Vidago Palace & Spa / Alvaro Siza

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Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido shared with us one of the most recents projects by Pritzker laureate architect Alvaro Siza in , Portugal. According to the client itself, “in stark contrast to the main building’s Belle Epoque opulence, The Spa is a minimalist oasis of clean lines and white marble. Designed by acclaimed architect Alvero Siza-Vieira, the modern, zen-like space has a distinctly calming quality which promotes an immediate sense of well-being – even before a single treatment has been enjoyed.”

Enjoy the rest of the images after the break.

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Fourth Annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts Presented to I.M. Pei

The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) recently announced that it will honor architect I.M. Pei… with the fourth annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts. The award will be presented at a dinner

Kiev Olympic Stadium / gmp Architekten

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Architects: gmp Architekten
Location: Kiev,
Design: Volkwin Marg with Christian Hoffmann and Marek Nowak
Project Leader: Martin Bleckmann
Cooperation With: Personal Creative Architectural Bureau Y. Serjogin
Client: National Sport Complex “Olympiysky”
Seats: 68,000
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

  

AIA 2012: Opening Discussions

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Thousands of architects crammed into the grand ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this morning to kick-off the hosted by the American Institute of Architects. Invigorating speeches, led by President Jeff Potter, urged architects to re-envision the profession and question the role of today’s architect. Although the economic downturn has caused many hardships, it presents a unique opportunity for architects to reshape the profession.

Primary School / Mecanoo Architecten

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Mecanoo recently won the commission to design a new primary school in Mill, the through a European procurement competition in combination with Giesbers-Wijchen Bouw. The 4,200 m² school building will be the new home for primary schools De Kameleon and De LenS, and houses a preschool, day and youth care and a youth and family center. Construction is to begin in 2013 with doors opening at the end of the summer in 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rambla Vilafranca / Vora Arquitectura

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Architects: Vora Arquitectura
Location: Rambla de Sant Francesc, Vilafranca del Penedès,
Design Team: Rui Santos, Eva Cotman
Area: 8,500 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographer: Adrià Goula Sardà

Galeria Mario Sequeira / Atelier Carvalho Araújo

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Architects: Atelier Carvalho Araújo – José Manuel Carvalho Araújo
Location: ,
Client: Mário Sequeira
Design Team: Nuno Capa, Raul Carvalhai
Photographs: Pedro Lobo

  

Postcard House / Hufft Projects

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Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: Missouri, USA
Principal in charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Kendra Kirchmer, Dan Brown
Casework/Custom Fabrication: Hufft Projects
General Contractor: Kenson Goff Homes
Area: 5,700 sq. ft.
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Matthew Hufft, Andrew Fabin

 

Leatop Plaza / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: Guangzhou,
Completion: 2012
Height: 270M
Area: 161,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

   

Single family property in Marbella / A-cero

© Jacobo España (Negami)

Architects: A-cero, Joaquin Torres arquitectos
Location: Marbella,
Partner Architect: Rafael Llamazares
Built area: 2,872 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Jacobo España (Negami)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center Opens to the Public

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Accompanied by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday in an early morning ribbon cutting, City-based practice Weiss/Manfredi celebrated the grand opening of the new Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. Embedded into an existing hillside at the Garden’s northeast corner, the sinuous glass building appears as a seamless extension to the existing topography as it leads into the 52-acre garden. In addition, the $28-million Visitor Center incorporates numerous environmentally sustainable features—most notably a 10,000-square-foot living roof—that are aimed toward earning LEED Gold certification. The project has been recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission with an Award for Excellence in Design.

Continue reading after the break for the architects’ description.

The Indicator: City IPO WTF

A flag announcing the IPO of Facebook flies next to the American flag outside the offices of J.P. Morgan in City, , May 4, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Celano via The Nation.

In her recent Next American City article, “An IPO for Cities”, Diana Lind proposes employing the financial mechanisms of Wall Street to fund urban development and maintain public infrastructure. This would be fundamentally dangerous to already fragile municipal finance systems.

Is it possible that, now four years in, we still haven’t learned anything from Depression 2.0? Is Wall Street, the cause celebre of our financial system’s downslide, really a good model for funding our cities? Would this go over well in Europe?

Cities are struggling, but raising capital through a financial tool designed to infuse cash into corporations is not the answer. Cities neither function like publicly-traded corporations nor were they intended to perform in such manner.

Infographic: The AIA History

Today,  over 17,000 architects and designers, contractors and project managers, magazines and bloggers (including us) will converge on the Capital for the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 144th National Convention, Design ConnectsSo let’s take a moment to reflect on this Association’s long history, intertwined with our nation’s history, and look at how it’s evolved to become both a vital resource for working/emerging architects and the voice of the architecture profession today.

Crossroad Offices Extension / OFIS Arhitekti

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The new extension for the Crossroad Offices by OFIS Arhitekti acts as a crossroad regulator between the existing villa and its approach from the street on the south side and the underground parking on the east side. The actual form derives from the main logical directions on the site to the main destinations as the new volume is positioned behind the existing villa with individual cut outs, ‘green bays’, in function of the extended external park coming into the pavilion. Inside they form divisions between internal spaces and create dynamic, light and calming atmosphere. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Looking Back, Moving Forward: What the 2012 National Convention says about Architecture Today

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According to its Web Site, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) aims to be two things for the architecture profession: a resource and a voice.

There’s no doubt that as a resource, the plays its part well. But what does it mean to be a “voice”? Can an association speak for a profession? And, if so, what is it saying?

Today, over 17,000 architects and designers, contractors and project managers, magazines and bloggers (including us) will converge on the Capital for the AIA’s 144th National Convention, Design Connects. Over the course of three days, connections will be made, conversations had, and three keynote speakers present.

If the AIA represents how we conceptualize and communicate architecture, then let’s take a closer look at those speakers who will be its living mouthpieces: a famed historian, a member of the Obama administration, and the architects who participated in the 9/11 Memorials. The past, the present, the future. Taken together, they tell a story – of where we’ve been, yes, but, more importantly, where we’re going.

Update: ABI April

Source via the WSJ

And, we are back with our monthly updates of the Architecture Billings Index.  Last month looked promising as March marked the fifth consecutive positive rating.  However, April’s index has been calculated as 48.4 – a drop from March’s 50.4.  The index has been a roller coaster ride of slight positive trends followed by negative setbacks, and AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, explains, “Considering the continued volatility in the overall economy, this decline in demand for design services isn’t terribly surprising.  Also, favorable conditions during the winter months may have accelerated design billings, producing a pause in projects that have moved ahead faster than expected.”

More about April’s index after the break.