Golden Workshop / Modulorbeat Ambitious Urbanists & Planners

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Architects: Modulorbeat Ambitious Urbanists & Planners
Location: Münster, Westphalia, Domplatz,
Collaborators: Students at the Msa | Münster School of Architecture
Design Team: Marc Günnewig and Jan Kampshoff with Hélène Bangert, Andre Becker, Rainer Borgmann, Daniel Gardeweg, Anne Gerling, Marta Hristova, Frederick Rode, Eric Sievers
Client: LWL State Museum for Art and Art History, Münster (D)
Completion: February 2012
Building Cost: € 160,000
Utility Space: approx. 95 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters

Improve Your Kitchen IQ

Improve Your Kitchen IQ

You’ve always enjoyed watching cooking and home design shows, especially those that offer strategies and ideas you can apply in your own kitchen or during your next dinner party. To keep improving your kitchen IQ, now you can view the…

Facebook Fans Unite to Re-name a Brooklyn Park “Adam Yauch Park”

To the 5 Boroughs album art. Drawn by architect-turned-artist Matteo Pericoli. Photo via The Cover UP.

Locals in the Heights community have banded together behind a common cause: honoring Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, the much-loved, -raised Beastie Boy who succumbed to cancer earlier this month.

Residents created a Facebook group encouraging users to sign the petition to rename Squibb Park after Yauch; however, Beastie Boys Member Adam Horovitz and his wife Kathleen Hanna have slightly different wishes. As Hanna told the Brooklyn Heights Blog: “I just wanted to let you know that Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz has already begun working with the Parks Commissioner to fix up and rename State Street Park where Yauch actually played as a kid.”

In response, the Facebook group has shifted its support towards achieving that end. In their words: “The Brooklyn Heights Blog community ENTHUSIASTICALLY supports this idea. We have updated the Facebook page to reflect this and encourage all those who agree, their friends, family and friends of friends to continue to “Like” the page and share our strong desire to make Park in Brooklyn Heights a reality.”

Story via Pop Crush

 

Periscope House / C+arquitectos

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Arquitects: C+arquitectos - Nerea Calvillo with Daniel García, Marina Fernández, Aitor Casero
Location: La Selva de Mar, Girona,
Client: Private
Completion: 2011
Area: 209 sqm
Technical Arquitect: Agustí Vidal
Structures: Francisco Poza
Services: Nieves Plaza
Contractor: Constructora de l’Empordá Juliá Turrá
Photographs: Miguel de Guzmán 

   

Pentominium / Murphy/Jahn

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Chicago-based architects Murphy/Jahn have unveiled their design for a 320-meter-tall skyscraper in the of Seoul. Designed as two-towers under one roof, the steel and glass lattice structure is one of fifteen skyscrapers planned for the global city that was master planned by Daniel Libeskind and commissioned by South Korean developer DreamHub. Consisting of mostly high end residential units, the two Pentominium towers will provide residents with exclusive city views and four-storey skyparks, while attempting to recreate the spacious and private feel often associated with detached housing.

Continue reading after the break for the architects’ description.

Colterenzio / Bergmeister Wolf Architekten

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Architects: Bergmeister Wolf Architekten
Location: , Italy
Architecture Collaborators: Roland Decarli, Jürgen Prosch
Client: Kellerei Schreckbichl Gen. Landw. Ges
Completion: 2011
Gross Floor Space: 2,940 sqm
Photographs: Gunter Richard Wett

Xieira House II / A2 + Arquitectos

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Architects: A2 + Arquitectos – Sara Oliveira, Marco Guarda
Location: Leiria,
Completion: 2011
Area: 520 sqm
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

   

“Step Inside a Creative Mind” Installation / Prodigium

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Held during the Fashion Industry Days, the “Step Inside a Creative Mind” installation by Prodigium allowed young designers to showcase their most intimate thoughts (their collections) and bring them to life for the public. It was up to the architect to design a highly flexible open space, where young designers would set up shop and random people could wander around and shop. A space that was inexpensive yet “hip” enough to attract passers-by that might be interested in fashion. The dome as a starting point reminded the architect of a giant head emerged in the vast plateau on the main square, and he felt that the dome should sub-serve as a beacon instead of merely a confinement of the exhibition space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Urban Agriculture Part I: What Cuba Can Teach Us

Everyday, in the city of London, 30 million meals are served. That’s millions of trucks arriving to millions of stores and restaurants in a complex, tightly scheduled orchestration of production, transportation, and distribution.

We take it for granted that this system will never fail. But what would happen if these trucks were stopped? As unrealistic as it sounds, it’s happened – and not so long ago.

In 1989, over 57% of Cuba’s caloric intake was imported from the Soviet Union. When it collapsed, Cuba became, virtually overnight, solely responsible for feeding its population – including the 2.2 million in the city of Havana. [1] What happened next is an incredible story of resilience and innovation.

As our world becomes increasingly urbanized, our farms increasingly endangered, and our reliance upon fossil fuels increasingly undesirable, the question of how we will feed billions of future city dwellers is no mere thought experiment – it’s an urgent reality.

The story of Cuba offers us an interesting question:  What would our look like if we began to place production/distribution as the primary focus of urban design? And what will it take to make this vision a reality?

More on how Food can shape our cities, after the break…

Camper’s House of Shoes / Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect

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Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect
Location: Soho, ,
Client: Camper
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Marian Montoro

Arnhem Central Platforms / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio, Ben van Berkel with Arjan Dingsté and Marc Hoppermann, Marc Herschel, Derrick Diporedjo, Kristin Sandner, Rein Werkhoven
Location: Arnhem,
Client: ProRail, utrecht
Engineering: Movares
Contractor: DAM-Dura Vermeer
Gross Roof Area: approximately 8700 m2
Dimensions: 4 platform roofs of approximately 210 metres long, with varying widths from 9-14 metre
Structure and materials: steel, aluminum and cold formed glass roofs
Start of construction: 2009
Planned completion date: 2011

In terms of scale, we typically feature massive projects by UNStudio – such as their Kutaisi Airport, planning scheme for Union Station, and grand performance venues – which all bring the contemporary aesthetic of Ben van Berkel to meet the projects’ respective programmatic and contextual demands.  Recently, van Berkel’s team has crafted a covering for the Netherlands’ central rail line, bringing their elegant touch to a structure blanketing four train platforms measuring 210 meters in length.

More about the platform coverings after the break.

Skiterminal Schladming / HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects

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Architects: HOFRICHTER-RITTER Architects
Location: ,
Effective Area (Station plus Garage): 18,500 sqm
Project Costs: 22,000,000€ Euro
Photographs: Paul Ott

   

La Peña House / R-Zero

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Architects: R-Zero
Location: , Mexico
Design Team: Edgar Velasco Casillas, Alejandro Zarate de la Torre, Pablo Serrano (Serrano Monjaraz), Gilberto Muñoz Rodriguez + Jesus Gonzalez Mendez, Isaac Guzman Ramirez
Interior Design: Isabel Maldonado
Structure: Giron Megaproyectos S.A. de C.V. Ing. Humberto Giron
Engineering: Integra S.A. de C.V.
Administration and Construction: Acunsa Arquitectos, Jorge Torrentera
Area: 943 sqm
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Photography: ‘Fiction’ Series / Antoine Mercusot

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The ‘Fiction’ collection, by photographer Antoine Mercusot, features miniature worlds and figures to create spaces made of wood, cardboard, plastic, and paper. Inspired by his work as an architectural photographer, he then stages imaginary parts, inspired by real life characters and crossings without markings, arranged in his imagination. As Mercusot states, “These worlds refer to contemporary architecture, where simplicity of lines, righteousness of the form, the work of matter are the source of this discipline. Only the light is able to reveal and highlight these volumes. The environments appear to be empty spaces, sanitized, where time stopped, leaving room for attitudes and the psychological dimension of silhouettes that are emerging.” More photographs of his collection can be viewed after the break.

Gambier Island Retreat / BattersbyHowat Architects

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Architects: BattersbyHowat Architects
Location: Gambier Island, British Columbia,
Project Team: David Battersby, Heather Howat, Tillie Kwan, Cindy Lee
Structural Consultant: Bevan-Pritchard Man
Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

Infinity Loop Bridge / 10 Design + Buro Happold

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Creating a gateway entry to south ’s new planned commercial hub, the winning competition proposal by 10 Design + Buro Happold for their Infinity Loop Bridge marks the connection of the Shizimen Canal to the Pearl River Delta. The 10 and Buro Happold team set out to create a simple and elegant structural solution for a bridge that would be a visual focal point both within the Shizimen District itself and along the Pearl River Delta coastline. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Curved House / Hufft Projects

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Architects: Hufft Projects
Location: Springfield, MO,
Principal in Charge: Matthew Hufft
Design Team: Adam Crowley
General Contractor: Herman & Associates
Landscape Architect: Hirsch Landscape & Design
Area: 7,800 sqm
Completed: June 2009
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Walnut Creek Wetland Center - Courtesy of Frank Harmon Architect

“How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together” Talk by Frank Harmon

A nationally recognized leader in modern, sustainable, regionally appropriate architecture, Frank Harmon…, FAIA, principal of the multi-award-winning architecture firm Frank Harmon Architect PA in Raleigh, NC, will present a talk entitled “How Architects and Landscape Architects Can Work Together”