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Randall Children´s Hospital / ZGF Architects

© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing
© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing
  • Architects: ZGF Architects
  • Location: 2801 North Gantenbein Avenue, Portland, OR 97227, USA
  • Project Architect: Halliday Meisburger
  • Architects In Charge: Adam Christie, Justin Brooks, Randy McGee, Scott Tarrant, Nick Micheels Medical Planners: Jennifer Mountain, Solvei Neiger, Sue Ann Barton
  • Area: 334000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing, Eckert & Eckert, ZGF Architects LLP

© Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing © Eckert & Eckert © ZGF Architects LLP © Nick Merrick / Hendrich Blessing

The Indicator: Oblique Strategies for Architects

Peter Schmidt with Brian Eno. What would it be like to sit at that table in that room. Via revelinnewyork.com
Peter Schmidt with Brian Eno. What would it be like to sit at that table in that room. Via revelinnewyork.com

In 1975 Brian Eno and the artist Peter Schmidt came out with a deck of cards designed to help artists and musicians push through creative blocks by offering alternative scenarios, methods, and perspectives. They called the set Oblique Strategies.

Think of them as a way to Dada your brain from the everyday realism in front of you to something more abstract. But this then takes you back to an alternate reality you couldn’t have experienced otherwise. They are traveling without moving. They have also been compared to the ancient Chinese book of divination, the Yi-jing, or Book of Changes. They are to be used in cases of creative emergencies.

Townhouse Oberwall / Apool Architects

  • Architects: Apool Architects
  • Location: Oberwallstrasse 16, 10117 Berlin
  • Architect In Charge: Dominik Franz, Jesper Reinholt
  • Area: 539.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Apool Architects

Courtesy of Apool Architects Courtesy of Apool Architects Courtesy of Apool Architects Courtesy of Apool Architects

The Woolworth Building @ 100 Exhibtion

The Woolworth Building @ 100 Exhibtion, taking place at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City until July 14, 2013, celebrates its centennial year in the process of conversion, with office space remaining below and luxury residences planned for the upper tower. Still radiant on the lower Manhattan skyline, the landmark heralds both the past and future of New York as it became the preeminent silhouette on the New York skyline and took the title of world's tallest office building in 1913 when eighty thousand incandescent bulbs illuminated the New York night. The brilliant spectacle was a career-crowning achievement for the tower's owner, the five-and-dime store king Frank W. Woolworth, who paid for the skyscraper with his personal fortune and took a hands-on role in every decision of its design. For more information on the event, please visit here.

The Beam / MVRDV and de Alzua+

© MVRDV
© MVRDV

Development corporation ADIM Nord with MVRDV and de Alzua+ have been announced the winners of an urban renewal competition in the French town of Villeneuve d’Ascq. Dubbed ‘The Beam’, the winning proposal will transform a cluster of disused parking lots and a former petrol station into a dense, pedestrianized haven, whose 15,000 square meters of offices, retail space and lodging will hover over the adjacent motorway as a icon of a larger urban regeneration effort for the town center.

More information on The Beam after the break...

Architects Selected for Competition to Design Nobel Prize's New Home

Blasieholmen at Nybroviken in Stockholm. Image © Jeppe Wikström
Blasieholmen at Nybroviken in Stockholm. Image © Jeppe Wikström

Out of 140 architects considered, 12 architects have been selected by the Nobel Foundation to compete to design their new home, a Nobel Center in Blasieholmen, Stockholm. The conspicuously European selection, chosen for their "design and artistic abilities and experience working in intricate urban environments," includes some very big names - including BIG, David Chipperfield Architects, Herzog & de Meuron, and OMA. The only non-Europeans to compete will be SANAA's Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. 

See the full list of competitors, and more information on the competition, after the break...

Lautner House / New Theme

© Patricia Parinejad
© Patricia Parinejad
  • Architects: New Theme
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Architect In Charge: New Theme
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Patricia Parinejad

© Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad © Patricia Parinejad

Busan Cinema Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au

© Duccio  Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
  • Architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au
  • Design Principal / Ceo: Wolf D. Prix
  • Project Partner: Michael Volk
  • Project Architect: Günther Weber
  • Design Architects: Martin Oberascher, Jörg Hugo
  • Project Team: Sergio Gonzalez, Rob Henderson, Guthu Hallstein, Matt Kirkham, Veronica Janovska, Dieter Segerer, Markus Baumann, Jasmin Dieterle, Anja Sorger, Jana Kucerova, Jan Brosch, Ivana Jug
  • Client: Municipality of Busan: Kim, Byung-Heui; Cho, Seung-Ho; Chai, Young-Eeon; Seo, Myoung Seok
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Duccio Malagamba, Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

© Duccio  Malagamba © Duccio  Malagamba © Duccio  Malagamba © Duccio  Malagamba

University of Connecticut Social Sciences and Classroom Buildings / Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

© Anton Grassl/Esto
© Anton Grassl/Esto
  • Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects
  • Location: University of Connecticut, 115 N. Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Jane H. Weinzapfel, FAIA
  • Project Manager: Winifred A. Stopps, Associate Principal, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
  • Project Team: Kevin Bell AIA, Marley Wright RA, Susan Crowe Knight, Laura Duncan, Hannah Jackson RA, Elizabeth Stifel AIA LEED AP BD+C, Jose Vargas, Eun Jun, Tom Chung AIA LEED AP BD+C, Kiwon Kim RA, Jorge Colón AIA, William Russell AIA, Vaughn Miller RA, John Mucciarone, Juliet Chun, Shih-Min Hsu AIA
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Anton Grassl/Esto, Charles Mayer

© Anton Grassl/Esto © Anton Grassl/Esto © Anton Grassl/Esto © Anton Grassl/Esto

ABI Continues to Steadily Climb for Seventh Straight Month

via Calculated Risk
via Calculated Risk

An increasing demand for design services in the United States continues to strengthen the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has reported the February ABI score as 54.9, up slightly from a mark of 54.2 in January. This score reflects a strong increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). In addition, the new projects inquiry index was 64.8, higher than the reading of 63.2 the previous month and its highest mark since January 2007.

“Conditions have been strengthening in all regions and construction sectors for the last several months,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.  “Still, we also continue to hear a mix of business conditions in the marketplace as this hesitant recovery continues to unfold.”

Key February ABI highlights:

AIV-Schinkel-Wettbewerb Competition Winning Proposal / David Weclawowicz

The architecture student team collaboration of Dagmara Sietko- Sierkiewicz and David Weclawowicz of the Wroclaw University of Technology shared with us their first prize winning proposal in the AIV Schinkel- Wettbewerb 2013 competition. With this year’s topic of "TXL transformation", their challenge was to develop a quarter made from a new typology of hybrid-buildings, containing a manufacture (production hall), flats and retail services after closing the airport Berlin Tegel in the year 2014. This winning concept focuses on using the production facilities after hours as a leisure destination. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Elevated Sports Court at Lasalle Franciscanas School / J1 Arquitectos

  • Architects: Guzmán de Yarza Blache, Architect
  • Location: Zaragoza, Spain
  • Project Architect: Guzmán de Yarza Blache
  • Construction Manager: Guzmán de Yarza Blache
  • Project Area: 352.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán

© Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán © Miguel de Guzmán

Indiana University Health / Cannon Design

© James Steinkamp
© James Steinkamp

© James Steinkamp © Christopher Barrett © James Steinkamp © James Steinkamp

Perathoner / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

  • Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
  • Location: Pontives, Italy
  • Architects In Charge: Gerd Bergmeister, Michaela Wolf
  • Collaborator Architects: Roland Decarli, Peter Reichhalter, Ana Soares, Marina Gousia
  • Client: Ulrich perathoner kg-sas
  • Area: 2708.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett, Ulrich Egger

Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett

AD Classics: White U / Toyo Ito

Toyo Ito was commissioned for this building by his older sister after her husband sadly lost his battle with cancer in the 1970s. Having lived for a number of years in a high-rise apartment, she and her two young daughters wished to move to a site which had more connection to the ground; as luck would have it, the site next to Ito's own house was being sold at the time.

Foster + Partners Approved for Mixed-Use Development on London’s Albert Embankment

© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have received the green light from the Lambeth Council for three mixed use towers on the 20-21 Albert Embankment in London. Ranging from 15 to 27 stories, the curved steel and glass structures will provide the area with 253 apartments, including affordable homes for senior living, along with offices, restaurants and a residents’ bar, gym, pool and spa.

Grant Brooker, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners: “We are absolutely delighted that 20-21 Albert Embankment has received planning permission – working alongside our clients at St. James and with great support from Lambeth and the GLA, we hope to transform this important and highly visible site into a vibrant riverside community that sets a benchmark for the regeneration of this part of the river.”

More after the break...