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Bing Concert Hall / Ennead Architects

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
  • Architects: Ennead Architects
  • Location: Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
  • Design Partner: Richard Olcott
  • Management Partner: Timothy Hartung
  • Senior Designer: Stephen Chu
  • Project Manager: Steven Peppas
  • Project Architects: Chris Andreacola (Concept), Mahasti Fakourbayat (Design), Greg Clawson (Construction)
  • Project Team: Gary Anderson, Andrew Burdick, Jeff Geisinger, Kyo Jin, Joerg Kiesow, Stephen Kim, Lindsay McCullough, Charmian Place, Yong Roh, Andy Sniderman, Aimee St. Germain, Na Sun, Marcela Villarroel-Trindade, Todd Walbourn, Desiree Wong
  • Area: 112365.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Jeff Goldberg / Esto

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

Banking Branch in Colmeias / 2L Atelier Arquitectos

  • Architects: 2L Atelier Arquitectos
  • Location: Colmeias, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Eduardo Rodrigues
  • Collaborator: Carlos Lagoa
  • Engineering: id2p engenharia
  • Client: Caixa de Credito de Leiria
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Do Architects Really Understand the End-User?

Since the time of Vitruvius, we architects have pondered the effect that our work might have on those who use the spaces we design; unfortunately, however, we set ourselves up as universal models, judging what 'works' or not for the occupants, without any explicit evidence to substantiate those ideas.  Of course, the profession has changed over the last three decades; the experience of the occupant is paramount, and evidence-based design - particularly when it comes to performative environments for work, health and learning - has risen substantially in importance.

But as much as we claim - as architects, interior and urban designers - to understand the people who will occupy the spaces we design, how much do we really? Where does our knowledge come from and how do we use it? Do we help contribute to the evidence? Do our clients (and, if they do, do they pay for it)?

Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC), a company that researches how the built environment affects the way people think, feel and act, is attempting to find out the answers to just these questions. And they're conducting a brief, anonymous online survey (it takes only 2 minutes) to learn more. They'll be publishing their data later in the year, and we'll be sure to share those results with you.

Zaha Hadid to Develop Plans for New London Airport

As pressure mounts to solve the UK’s aviation crisis, the Mayor of London has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) alongside a world-class team of aviation experts to develop plans for a new major airport in southeast England. The team is expected to resolve the debate on how and where the capital’s next multi-runway airport hub should be constructed, a decision that will play a critical role in the future of the British economy.

Zaha Hadid said: "This work is essential to deliver the most integrated transport solutions for London and the UK. It will enable London to maintain its position as one of the world's most important economic, commercial and cultural centers; outlining the city's future growth and development which has always been founded on global connectivity."

See who made the list after the break...

PechaKucha Celebrates 10 Years!

After coming to the realization that architects tend to talk way too much, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture devised a lecture format that ended up revolutionizing the way we present. For the past 10 years, PechaKucha 20x20 has inspired creatives from 600 cities to informally gather in dimly lit spaces around the globe and conduct 400-second presentations to their friends and colleagues. The beauty of PechaKucha Night is that anyone can participate - as long as they stick to the 20 image, 20 second format - thus providing ample amounts of stimulating information, ideas and inspiration in just a short, booze-filled night. Who wouldn’t like that? 

Regional Labor Court / Corsi Hirano Arquitetos + Reinaldo Nishimura

  • Arquitetos: Corsi Hirano Arquitetos , Reinaldo Nishimura
  • Localização: Goiânia - Goiás, Brasil
  • Project Leaders: Daniel Corsi, Dani Hirano e Reinaldo Nishimura (autores)
  • Competition Team: Laura Paes Barretto Pardo e Liana Paula Perez de Oliveira
  • Executive Project Team: Sérgio Matera, Thaís Velasco, Andrea Key Abe, Taís Lie Okano, Renato Borba e Pamella Porto Kaninski
  • Project Area: 85000.0 sqm
  • Ano Do Projeto: 2012
  • Fotografias: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Filament Mind Installation / E/B Office

Filament Mind is a human information-driven installation by E/B Office which is designed to visualize the collective curiosities and questions of Wyoming’s Teton County Library visitors through a dynamic and interactive spatial sculpture. The project is inspired by the concept that our civic spaces should be intelligent and responsive, communicating as much to us as we do to each other, enabling a form of intra-environmental social interaction between our thoughts and the material of our built environments. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Stairway to Heaven' Second Prize Winning Proposal / Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d'Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste

Inspired by the adjacent canal's pragmatic linearity and the industrial buildings located on the left bank, the second prize winning proposal, titled 'Stairway to Heaven' for the new high school appears as a linear volume located in the extension of the Veveyse promenade's perspective. Designed by PYO Arquitectos + Nomos Groupement d'Architectes + Pascal Heyraud Architecte Paysagiste, the basic organization of the building is staged with a central staircase of generous proportions linking a sequence of public spaces that interrupt diagonally the classrooms structural grid.More images and architects' description after the break.

Rehabilitation Hotel Moure / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

  • Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
  • Location: Loureiros nº6, Santiago de Compostela, España
  • Design Team: Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
  • Collaborators: Francisco González Varela, Carlos Bóveda, Manuel Sanmartín, René Valiñas, José Noya
  • Budget: 933,244.29 €
  • Promotor: Hermanos Liñares Bar
  • Year: 2010
  • Photography: Santos Díez

© Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez © Santos Díez

Cove 6 / SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

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City Buisness Centre / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

Timisoara is a town with around 320 000 inhabitants, “a gate” for Romania to the Western Europe and a typical central European urban structure.It is also a multicultural and rich multiethnic city. We can also refer to it’s tradition as a pole of artistic and technological avantguard. The entire historical centre is now subject for modernization, restoration, public space regeneration. Some new projects are on the run, others are just finished – The rehabilitation  on the east side of the citadel, a Phare project.

UT Visual Arts Center / Lake|Flato Architects

© Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms © Frank Ooms

'Under the Cloud' Railway Station Proposal / Arthur Kupreychuk

Designed by Arthur Kupreychuk , the proposal for the railway station, located in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine, consists of a passenger terminal building and a hanging in the air cloud-canopy above it. The supporting structure of the canopy is similar to the structure of an airship. The canopy strives upward by buoyancy forces, if its average density is less than the density of the atmosphere. More images and Kupreychuk’s description after the break.

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion”

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows has awarded Bimal Mendis and Joyce Hsiang of the Yale School of Architecture and Plan B Architecture & Urbanism, LLC the 2013 Latrobe Prize of $100,000 for their proposal, “The City of 7 Billion.” The research will study the impact of population growth and resource consumption on the built and natural environment at the scale of the entire world as a single urban entity. An antidote to the fragmentary analyses of current practices, this project will remove arbitrary boundaries and reframe the entire world as a continuous topography of development: the city of 7 billion.

The grant, named for architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. 

More on “The City of 7 Billion” after the break...

Xin Hua Pudong Waterfront Development Winning Proposal / Inbo + NITA

Huangpu River Banks Development just selected Inbo and NITA's proposal as the winning design for the master plan for the sustainable large scale Xin Hua Pudong waterfront development in the very heart of Shanghai. Located on the Huangpu River, their low-cardon, 45ha development entails a marina and a green riverside park with a mixed urban program as the green fingers of the park penetrate and interact with the surrounding urban area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City House / Architex

  • Architects: Architex
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Site Area: 400 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Simon Devitt

© Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt © Simon Devitt

Squashynski Squash Club / BUCK.ARCHITEKCI

  • Architects: BUCK.ARCHITEKCI
  • Location: Jana Kazimierza 1/29, Warsaw, Poland
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of BUCK.ARCHITEKCI