Happy 160th Birthday Antoni Gaudi!

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Antoni Gaudí (1852 -1926), the Catalán architect best known for his whimsical style and his inimitable masterpiece, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, would have turned a ripe 160 years old today.

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The Huffington Post today commemorated his memory, saying: “As an architect, Gaudi possessed a distinct vision that incorporated nature, religion and Catalan culture to create beautiful organic monuments that remain hallmarks of Spanish architecture. Attention to detail was a marked trait of his colossal churches and palaces, culminating in swirling terraces and bulging balconies that lent a whimsical touch to familiar neo-gothic and orientalist styles.”

Take a moment to remember this unique architect’s work and rediscover one of his classics, Casa Batlló.

Happy Birthday Antoni! Per molts anys Antoni!

 

Etxezabala Office Building / AH Asociados

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Architects: AH Asociados
Location: ,
Design Team: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Álvaro Cerezo Ibarrondo
Proyect Year: 2009
Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Architecture: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
Location: Kitayamacho Fuchu, ,
Completion: March 2012
Site Area: 104.36 sqm
Total Floor Area: 88.98sqm (40.99sqm/1F, 40.99sqm/2F)
Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

  

The Green Building Council of Australia Launches Community Ratings for Sustainable Practices

Courtesy of Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou

The Green Building Council of has released Green Star – a new comprehensive rating system that can assess the degree to which communities, as a whole, succeed in creating livable and sustainable environments. This is a new and dynamic way to look at the culture of sustainability. “Green building” is not only reflected in individual buildings; it is the accumulation of the buildings, the infrastructure, the urban planning and design, the amenities of the community and the lifestyles that communities live. Projects such as DIY Urbanism in the Netherlands by MVRDV and “e_co_llectiva” by Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou have this kind of regard for the development of holistic community.

Read on for more after the break.

Footbridge over the River Segre / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

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Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
Location: River Segre, Lleida, Spain
Project Team: Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Nicolás Markuerkiaga, Andreu Estany
Project Area: 3,650 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Lourdes Jansana – Nicolás Markuerkiaga

A Bright Future for Willets Point – Redevelopment on an Environmentally Marred Peninsula

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The New York Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg of NYC announced the completion of the final plan for Willets Point - a peninsula on the Flushing River in Northern Queens, New York. The development of Willets Point is part of the urban renewal project associated with Citi Field – the Mets’ new stadium. Nicknamed the Iron Triangle, the project will include housing for mixed incomes, retail and entertainment amenities, a hotel, a convention center, office space, parks and open space, and a new public school, all of which falls under the umbrella of LEED-certified buildings and infrastructure. As with every redevelopment plan, there are positives and negatives to restructuring the community.

Read on for more after the break.

Cristobal Palma Filmmaker

After his architecture studies at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), Cristobal Palma worked as an assistant in London for a couple years, a time where he honed his photography skills. After this experience he took a more independent route working for some of the best architects in and most renowned publications in the world.

As you may have noticed, since last year we’ve featured a series of Architecture Videos by Palma, the latest of his artistic endeavours that enable us to experience the projects in a different way. Considering this type of media offers a completely new range of opportunities for both architects and publications, we think it’s worth getting to know Palma and his professional journey incorporating audio-visual elements to the representation of architectural projects. The video above, Cristobal’s first completed video and now published online for the first time, presents the España Library in Medellin-Colombia, one of the most iconic buildings of this city’s renovation.

You can read an interview with Palma after the break.

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Green Carceri (Highline 4.0) / TARQUITECTOS

The Green Carceri, designed by TARQUITECTOS…, arises as a natural extension of the High Line Park, connecting himself with the High Line and flying over the river, thus enabling a continuation of the public space underneath with the neighborhood

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

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Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Location: , USA
Completion: 2012
Lenght of Bridge: 367,6 m (1,206 ft)
Height of Pylon: 136 m (446 ft)
Photographs: Alan Karchmer

The Life of Gerhard Kallmann

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At 97 years of age, the architect Gerhard Kallmann passed away on Tuesday in Boston.  Kallmann’s career was ignited with the design of Boston City Hall, a neo-brutalist building that received mixed feelings of criticism and praise upon its completion.  After escaping Nazi Germany in 1937, Kallmann studied at the Architectural Association in London before moving to the and teaching in Chicago and .  It was in Columbia University where Kallmann met Michael McKinnell and the two would grow to co-found Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles in 1962 – the same year they won the competition for City Hall.

More about Kallmann after the break.

CGM House / Ricardo Torrejon

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Architects: Ricardo Torrejon Schellhorn
Location: Los Aromos, , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Ricardo Torrejon, Joaquin Velasco

Cycling Center / We Are You + Erik Hallberg

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Presented at the bike festival of Gothenburg just about a week ago, the Cycling Center by We Are You + Erik Hallberg aims to promote cycling and bring together different cycling communities in the city. With Gothenburg being a city strongly dominated by cars, more than other large Swedish cities, this project has started to turn this around and make Gothenburg a ‘bike city’ with role models such as Amsterdam and the neighboring and great example Copenhagen. In this work of switching over from cars to bikes, their proposed cycling stadium would act as a catalyst. To become a ‘bike city’, the perception of the bike and the cyclist among city inhabitants is crucial. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

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Architects: Edouard François
Location: 
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Project Year: 2004
Photographs: Courtesy of Edouard François

Video: NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Above is a video by Vincent Hecht, an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The video is part of a new collection of architecture movies about Japanese architecture. Designed for a young couple in a quiet neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of ’s dense residential areas.

Seed House / Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel

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Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA,
Location: Debrecen,
General Design: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár
Client: University of Debrecen Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences.
General Contractor: HUNÉP Zrt.
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Area for the 1st Phase: 2,591 sqm
Gross Floor Area for the 2nd Phase: 3,500 sqm
Cost: 3,416,083 €
Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

Musée de la Romanité / Elizabeth de Portzamparc

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Facing the roman Arenas and amphitheater of Nîmes, crossed by the ruins and the archeological remains of the ancient roman fortifications, the main challenge for the design of the Musée de la Romanité was to design a museum that would become a reference on an international scale. This winning proposal by Elizabeth de Portzamparc creates a strong architectural dialogue between two architectures separated by over two thousand years of history and facing each other. The project is located on the backbone of the site, on the old limit that used to separate the medieval town from the modern city. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Villa Jian / CU Office

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Architects: CU Office
Location: Yantai, Shandong,
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: